Tom Williams has just returned from a very successful trip to Ticino, Switzerland, where he was on good form, climbing problems of up to 8B in difficulty, including quick ascents of a number of 8A's and flashes of two 7C+'s.
Tom headed out with a group of friends at the beginning of November, looking forward to cold temperatures and good conditions for hard, friction-dependant bouldering. However, as is often the case, the weather didn't play ball and the group arrived to unseasonably warm temperatures. In order to get the most out of their holiday, Tom and his friends got up early to climb before it got too hot, and headed out again in the evening once it had cooled down. They climbed mainly in Chironico and Brione as opposed to Cresciano, due to the higher altitude and shorter walk-ins, allowing them to more than make the most of their trip to Switzerland.
Despite the less than ideal conditions, Tom's ticklist for the trip is still very impressive:
Conquistadors, 8A+ - Climbed in 5 minutes
Miss Schweiz, 8A - Climbed in 5 goes
Cellar Door, 8A- Climbed in 6 goes
Fake Pamplemousse, 8A
Confessions Of A Crap Artist, 7C+ - Flashed
Komilator, 7C+ - Flashed
Le Grotte De Soupirs, 7C+
Molunk, 7C - Second go
Dr Crimp, 7C
Commenting on his trip, Tom said:
"For me, I think the stand out problem of the trip was Confessions of a Crap Artist, a really proud, aesthetic line, with a little bit of height to it which just adds to the whole experience. I was fortunate enough to have been given some really good beta and managed to get it first go, making it all the better."
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