Will Bosi on Form in Czech Republic

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Will Bosi has achieved a world class tick list of hard boulders and sport climbs during a trip to the Moravský Kras area of the Czech Republic, where he sampled some of the local eighth and ninth-grade classics — with none other than Adam Ondra acting as tour guide for some crags.

Will Bosi on Drift 8C.  © Band of Birds
Will Bosi on Drift 8C.
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In a month-long trip, Will managed to tick over nineteen boulders above 8A+. Highlights of his ascents include climbing six 8C boulders, making the first repeats of 9a sport routes established by Adam Ondra and one particularly impressive day of climbing, which included an 8C first ascent, an 8B+ flash, an 8A+ flash and another 8A.

Will was also invited to compete in the Czech Lead Cup, where he finished in second place behind local favourite Adam Ondra. 

Commenting on his outdoor ascents and overall experience, Will said: "It has been an amazing experience to not only explore the Moravsky Kras area but be welcomed by the local climbing community. Ahead of the trip, I trained probably harder than I ever have in preparation for a climbing trip and so was really happy that I was able to tick so many classics of the area. I am psyched to come back again soon to continue exploring the area and training with the locals!"

Will Bosi on Bulbasaur 8C.  © Bosi Collection
Will Bosi on Bulbasaur 8C.
© Bosi Collection

Moravský Kras is a predominantly limestone area north of Brno, the home town of Adam Ondra, who acted as a guide for Will on parts of this trip. The area is characterised by technical and challenging climbing on often polished limestone and rarely sees visits from elite climbers despite its multiple hard boulders and routes established by the likes of Ondra and Martin Stranik.

Will's quick ascents of hard problems surprised many of the local climbing community, who were impressed by how quickly he adapted to the specific style of climbing in the area.

Will is familiar with hard limestone ascents in the UK and abroad, most recently with his first ascent of Brandenburg Gate 9a+ (UKC News) and the  first repeat of Mutation 9a+ (UKC News) at Raven Tor, Peak District.

Will Bosi on Ghost Rider 8C.   © Band of Birds
Will Bosi on Ghost Rider 8C.
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Commenting on how Raven Tor helped prepare him for the limestone style, Will said: "Of course, the Tor has similarities with the climbing in the area, which helped in preparation, but I was blown away by how technical and slopey the area was as I was just expecting a crimp-fest! Considering the number of hard routes established by a massive name in the sport such as Adam (Ondra), I am surprised more people have not visited the area, but hopefully that will change in the future."

Will's trip to the Czech Republic continues by exploring the sandstone area in the north-west of the country before returning to the UK.

Will's ticklist so far in full:

25.03 8B Leda kost, Holštejn

27.03 8C Drift, Holštejn

27.03 8B Sviní Mor, Sloup (Flash)

27.03 8A Švédský závodník Hotofson Sit, Sloup

28.03 8A+ Patička ledovce, Holštejn

01.04 9a Kostej Nesmrtelný, Holštejn

03.04 8B Kouzelný sauce, Sloup

03.04 8B+ Sila je Kouzlo, Sloup

04.04 8C Pata ledovce, Holštejn

06.04 8A Smrad Dálek Sit Sloup

07.04 8A+ Fénixovy Slzy, Sklapsko (Flash)

07.04 8B+ Charizard, Sklapsko (Flash)

07.04 8C Bulbasaur, Sklapsko (FA)

07.04 8A+ The Swirl King Sit, Vir

09.04 8C Ghost Rider, Sloup

11.04 8C Tekuté štěstí, Sloup

12.04 8C Iceberg, Holštejn

12.04 8A+ Blatant, Holštejn

15.04 2nd Place, Czech National Lead Competition

20.04 9a Perla východu, Holštejn

20.04 8A+ Kapka z poháru nesmrtelnosti Sloup

21.04 8B H1N1 Sloup

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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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