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.
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!"
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.
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