Italian climber Niky Ceria made the second ascent of Jimmy Webb's Ephyra (Font 8C+) in Chironico, Switzerland. The line sits to the left of Dave Graham's From Dirt Grows the Flowers (Font 8C) and was a well-known project for many years before Webb climbed it in 2019.
Niky first tried the climb in 2014, saying that the problem (a project at the time) 'entranced' him more than FDGTF. He tried the problem with Jimmy Webb and the pair worked out beta together. It wasn't until recently that he returned.
Describing the climb as 'balanced with a proper amount of tension, power and precision' with a 'tricky and spicy top section,' Niky believes the climb to be the 'full package.' The relatively comfortable holds of Ephyra made this problem a good choice for the mild November temperatures.
On his ascent, Niky wrote: 'It was a satisfying feeling connecting these moves together and visualizing my body doing something that was almost impossible when vision was more limited.'
Late last month, Niky also repeated the Dave Graham classic 'The Story of Two Worlds,' further down the valley at Cresciano.
Watch Niky climb Ephyra with incredible ease in the video below: