Shawn Raboutou - The Story of 3 Worlds 8C+ First AscentFri Night Vid

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Last winter, Shawn Raboutou made an impressive first ascent on Cresciano's famous Dreamtime boulder. The Story of 3 Worlds (8C+) is an alternate start to The Story of Two Worlds (8C), first climbed by Dave Graham in 2005. News of the ascent - and video footage - has only just dropped on the Mellow Climbing YouTube channel.

The roof climb involves a lot of compression and inversion, with an upside-down knee-bar rest and a desperate dyno to an undercut before a technical finish on heel- and toe-hooks. Shawn climbed the problem twice after accidentally dabbing a tree on his first successful ascent.

Shawn - the son of legendary competition climbing parents Didier Raboutou and Robyn Erbesfield, and brother of Olympian Brooke Raboutou -  is quickly emerging as one of the brightest young talents in bouldering and working his way through the world's hardest test pieces, while adding a few of his own.

In 2018, Shawn climbed the low start to Nalle Hukkataival's Off the Wagon (8B+) in Val Bavona, Switzerland, which is believed to be the first Font 8C+ in Switzerland. Among his hard repeats are ascents of Livin' Large (8C), The Creature from the Black Lagoon (8C+) and The Finnish Line (8C/+).

In related news, Dave Graham announced this week that he has made the second ascent of Shawn's F*ck the System 8C+ in Fionnay, Switzerland, in June.

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Raboutou is quickly emerging as one of the brightest young talents in bouldering and is working his way through the world’s hardest test pieces, and adding a few of his own.

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