New Peak District 8C for Will Bosi

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Just a few weeks after making the long awaited second ascent of the world's first 9A boulder, Burden of Dreams, Will Bosi has made the first ascent of a new hard boulder at Raven Tor in the Peak District, with The Wild South, 8C.

The boulder, which adds a low start to The Wild West (8c+) - which can also be climbed as an 8B boulder to the second bolt - took Will twenty sessions to complete, making it his longest ever project.

The boulder comprises a series of huge moves on tiny edges, including a one move 8A+ dyno. Prior to committing to the kneebar beta that he used during the first ascent, the big move from the undercut was Will's longest standing one-move-project, having had around seventeen sessions attempting this beta without success. 

After opting to use the kneebar, the boulder took Will just a further three sessions to complete.

When we interviewed Will in late March, he spoke briefly about the difficulty of this single move, the frustration of finding the kneebar, and how the one move 8A+ boulders at Raven Tor compare to the first move of Burden of Dreams. You can see this small snippet, as well as the rest of the interview, below:

Sharing news of his ascent of The Wild West on instagram, Will said:

'Really happy to finally climb this project! I've lost count of days but I think somewhere around 20 sessions, could be my longest boulder project'.

'Although it didn't end up being that next level, I think the moves are cool and hopefully it will get some attention'.

Check out Will's footage of the first ascent below:

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Edinburgh born Will Bosi is one of the world's top climbers. At just 17 years of age, Will became the youngest Brit to have climbed 9a with his repeat of Rainshadow at Malham Cove. In 2018 he became first British male...

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