Ned Feehally has just returned from a two week trip to Ticino, Switzerland, where his ticklist highlights included three hard classics at Chironico and Brione: Big Paw 8B+, Vecchio Leone 8B and Nobody ist der Größte 8A.
Ned told UKC:
'I didn't do loads, but I went for quality over quantity!'
Big Paw was first climbed by Dave Graham in 2008 and is the sit start of Boogalagga 8B, a stunning blunt arête. Originally graded 8C, repeat ascensionists have since suggested 8B+, which Ned agrees with:
'I think it seems to have settled at 8B+ now. That felt about right to me. Big Paw climbs from a sit start up a series of layaways and edges, to a crux move into a small pocket. I'd always wanted to do this problem and it was worth the trip alone.'
'Vecchio Leone is one of the best 8B boulder problems anywhere. An overhanging wall with perfect sculpted edges and poor footholds. Nobody ist der Größte is a totally unique problem on slopers. It climbs more like a Font problem, but on smooth river polished granite.'