Will first climbed Bewilderness in June 2020, taking him just four attempts. He then returned to reclimb the problem shortly after for a film. Two years later, he returned to try the low start, repeating Bewilderness once again before getting to work on the sit. It was a formality after this and after a couple of attempts, Will had done all the moves and climbed it on his first try from the floor.
He has named the sit start Trance and it adds 9 moves of Font 8A climbing into Bewilderness.
A week later, Will was at Trowbarrow attempting Aidan Roberts' Outliers. Aidan made the first ascent of the problem in August 2020. The problem is on the back face of the Shelter Stone and starts sitting underneath Atrocity Exhibition (f8A).
Aidan described the problem: 'It pulls on two small crimps with a crucial thumb catch on the left hand. It makes three hard moves including a physical backhand in the roof whilst holding a draining shouldery position whilst walking your feet up very high to match into an undercut in the roof before following this roof line out left.'
Watch the video of Will on Outliers below:
Will has had an exceptional year so far; he had a productive trip over to Adam Ondra's hometown of Brno and more recently repeated another of Aidan's Font 8Cs on the Bowderstone called Silent Singer (f8C).