Jungle Speed & A Muerte by Will Bosi

© Ansichtssache/Andi Aufschnaiter

18 year old Will Bosi of Edinburgh has just returned from a short but very productive trip to Siurana, Spain. In the space of 12 days, Will ticked 11 routes of 8a and above, including fast redpoints of Jungle speed (9a) and A muerte (8c+) - both graded 8c+ and formerly 9a. In addition, Will achieved his hardest onsight (Crónica (8b), 8b) and flash (El Món de Sofía (8b+), 8b+). Not bad considering he was ill for three days of his trip...

Will Bosi hanging around in Siurana  © Ansichtssache/Andi Aufschnaiter
Will Bosi hanging around in Siurana
© Ansichtssache/Andi Aufschnaiter

Will told UKC:

'Siurana has always been one of my favourite places and every time I go it delivers! Well, apart from the three days I spent ill this trip...'

Daniel Jung's 12m Jungle Speed 8c+ at La Capella sector was first on the hit list, and Will had an ambitious objective:

'I had set myself the goal of climbing Jungle Speed (downgraded from 9a) in a day. I thought this goal was a little far fetched, but as it turned out the route was right up my street and I managed to top it 4th go, on the first day! I found this send very satisfying after wishing to do this route since my first visit back in 2011 and spending hours watching videos of it being done.'

Will Bosi on Jungle Speed 8c+
© Angus Davidson

Will's second highlight of the trip was redpointing the 20m A Muerte 8c+, also a former 9a. He commented:

'This route was less my style as the crux boulder involved several hard moves on two finger pockets. After injuring my middle finger earlier this year it meant a lot for me to be able to climb it. This route took seven attempts over two days to send, five on the first day and then one to put the draws in and the last to send it on the 2nd day - the fading daylight adding a bit of a thrill to the long run-out slab at the top!'

Alongside his hardest redpoints, Will also managed to fit in some mileage on multiple 'easier' routes of 8a and above, many of which were climbed onsight or on his second attempt.

Will on Directa Cornualles 8c  © Ajda Remskar
Will on Directa Cornualles 8c
© Ajda Remskar

How did it feel to tick nearly every hard classic in Siurana in 9 days? Will told us:

'This has been my most successful climbing trip so far. I know I'm in good shape and ready to start working on my next projects.'

Will is also no stranger to hard sport routes in the UK, having ticked Rainshadow 9a at Malham Cove and Hubble 9a at Raven Tor within the past year. He is equally adept at bouldering, with a rapid tick of Monk Life 8B+ at Kyloe-In in 2015, when he was just 16 years old.

Will's ticklist:

2 x 8c+ (A Muerte, Jungle Speed)

1 x 8c (Directa Cornualles (2nd go))

2 x 8b+ (El mon de Sofia (flash), V de Vendeta 8b+ (3rd go))

2 x 8b (Cronica (onsight), Migranya (first go this trip, having tried previously))

1 x 8a+ (Cop de Cigala (2nd go))

3 x 8a (all onsight: Memorias de Una Sepia, Minimal Teckno, Anemone Nipapa)

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Will is 22 and based in Edinburgh, Scotland. At 17, Will became the youngest Brit to climb 9a at the time with Rainshadow at Malham Cove. Since then, Bosi has become one of the leading lights of GB Climbing. In 2018, he...

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25 Apr, 2017
Nice work Will! Keeping the British end up.
25 Apr, 2017
25 Apr, 2017
I like this word. A cross between strength and strong! Streng! Streng! instead of Allez! Allez!
25 Apr, 2017
Wow. Hard to fathom. Top effort.
25 Apr, 2017
Seriously impressive and very well done to Will. But, "Siurana has always been one of my favourite places..." - bloody hell he's only 18! For sure the times they are a-changing. He's probably packed a lot of climbing trips into those years. I'm quite out of sorts about it all. Those people who moan about my generation having had it all need to rethink. ;)
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