In this week's Ticklist, 43 is the new 20, an amazing new bouldering area in Russia and some hard sport climbing...
VIDEO: Vadim Timonov climbing first ascents in Russia
In the #15 edition of the Ticklist, we reported that Russian strongman Vadim Timonov had climbed a new Font 8C/+ in the Caucasus area of Southern Russia. Mellow have released a 13-minute video of Timonov's trip to the Djan-tugan area which was created in 2017 by a huge mudflow.
Sergey Shaferov ticks 9a+/9b
39-year-old Sergey Shaferov has made the first ascent of a 9a+/b in Bakhchisaray, Central Crimea. His previous hardest was 9a and he had climbed two first ascents at that level. The Belarusian climber started quite late in life at the age of 18 and was a competition climber for much of his early career.
Below is a video of Shaferov's first ascent:
Giuliano Cameroni adds stunning line to Val Bavona
Giuliano Cameroni has added a 9a to Val Bavona and whilst it's nowhere near cutting edge (by his standards), it's definitely a stunner! He has named the route 'Baby Yaga' and described it as 'maybe my best FA so far.' The line follows a steep arete for ten metres, followed by a tricky headwall.
Cameroni has repeated and developed many boulders up to Font 8C+, including his tough testpiece Poison the Well (8C+) in Brione, Switzerland.
"Baba Yaga" (9a/5.14d) FA Few months ago I had the chance to bolt and open this prow, one of the coolest blocs I've seen! Dream line that follows a steep arête for 10 meters and tops out with a tricky but easier final section. Maybe my best FA so far. Thanks @ju.and.me for showing me this gem.. situated 200m past Heritage @adidasterrex @fiveten_official @redbull @redbullswitzerland @petzl_official Thanks @stefankuerzi for the pic
Martin Keller ticks The Never Ending Story (Finally)
After a 16 year battle, 43-year-old Martin Keller has ticked The Never Ending Story (Font 8B+) in Magic Wood, Switzerland. He had climbed the second part of the problem in 2004 and the first part in 2007 and tried every year since to link the two together, but with no luck.
The Swiss climber has been an active developer for many years and has climbed six Font 8Cs and one 8C+ - the sit start to Nalle Hukkataival's Ninja Skills.