Dave Graham repeats Creature from the Black lagoon (Font 8C+)

Dave Graham really seems to be on a roll. Two weeks ago he put up Topaz, ~8C, and now he has made the second ascent of Daniel Woods' Creature from the Black lagoon, ~8C+ in the Upper Chaos canyon in the Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Dave Graham on Creature from the Black lagoon, ~8C+, RMNP, Colorado  © Cameron Maier/Bearcam media
Dave Graham on Creature from the Black lagoon, ~8C+, RMNP, Colorado
© Cameron Maier/Bearcam media

After around 16 days of effort since the spring, I managed to figure out the incredibly subtle change to my sequence which opened the gateway for the send!! After so many days of regression and frustrating conditions, late night pondering, hundreds of failed ideas, the solution had been in front of me the entire time.

After unexpectedly climbing through the crux section, Dave found himself on the starting holds of Leviathan, ~8A+, and all he had to do was to keep it together.

He did, and the ascent was in the bag.

Regarding the grade Dave says: This climb suits me, but still pushed me farther than anything I have ever done that is graded 8C. Time will tell, but 8C+ seems completely logical.

Since Dave's first ascent of Topaz, it has also been repeated by Daniel Woods, 12 October (same day as the FA) and Paul Robinson 23 October.

Things are getting interesting. What has happened to gravity? I for one haven't noticed any difference...


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Dave Graham has been a top boulderer and sport climber for nearly two decades. He has made the first ascents of a huge number of cutting edge boulder problems including The Story of Two Worlds, Big Paw and...

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