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 and A muerte - both graded 8c+ and formerly 9a. In addition, Will achieved his hardest onsight (Crónica, 8b) and flash (El Món de Sofía, 8b+). Not bad considering he was ill for three days of his trip...
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'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.
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.
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)