In this week's ticklist we have a hard trad flash, some international bouldering and the return of Rocklands season...
Hazel Findlay flashes E7
Hazel Findlay has flashed Surreal Appeal (E7 6b) at Rhoscolyn, Anglesey. Despite the hot weather, she convinced herself to have an attempt at the runout route. Writing on her Instagram, Hazel said:
'When I'm deliberating about whether to do something scary or not I try to take small steps forward and reassure myself that I can always back out later if I want to. First step, get the gear ready. because well, why not? Then you may as well get the rope ready and put your shoes on. Before you know it you could be at the top of the wall!
'@j__e__taylor gave me great beta. A tip for shorties and flashing: just ask to know where the handholds are, what they are like and where the gear is. Don't bother with footholds or detailed move descriptions as it's unlikely you'll be doing it the same way (unless you're lucky enough to be climbing with other shorties).'
Vadim Timonov declares Rocklands season open
On his first day in Rocklands, Russian climber Vadim Timonov ticked Nalle Hukkataival's stunning problem, The Finnish Line (Font 8C). The following day he made a quick ascent of Fred Nicole's Amandla (Font 8B/+) - is it me or do the grades creep a little lower each year?
With international travel back on the cards for many countries, we can expect quite a bit of Rocklands news in the next few weeks.
Another Font 8C+ for Matt Fultz
An on form Matt Fultz has ticked his second Font 8C+ in as many weeks with an ascent of Daniel Woods' Creature from the Black Lagoon in Rocky Mountain National Park. The problem took the American climber 'a long time' and he went through countless iterations of beta, but in his own words, this made the 'payoff so much sweeter.'