by Mick Ryan The bouldering scene is in full swing on California´s Eastern Sierra and our intrepid reporter, Alex Messenger reports from Bishop: “Tyler Landman paid a flying visit to Bishop this weekend, and went away with three fine ticks. He made the fifth ascent of The Swarm (V14), that was originally established by Matt Birch, swiftly followed by a sub-one hour first repeat of Xavier´s Roof (V13), then Direction (V13), by lamplight. Going well. Si Moore is also on form, swiftly despatching The Buttermilker (V12) and The Mandala (V12), fresh from a rapid tick of Nuthin´ but Sunshine (V13/V14) and a whole slew of V12´s in Rocky Mountain National Park. Si is in Bishop and Yosemite for the next month.” Earlier in November Kevin Jorgeson practiced on top rope then climbed Footprints, a 40+ft highball on the north Face of Grandpa Peabody giving it a grade of V9 or British E6. Bishop has highball boulder problems upto British E9 the hardest being Jorgeson´s The Beautiful and Damned at the Bardini Boulders. In Colorado, Carlo Traversi andJamie Emerson made the second and third repeat ascents of Trice (aka A.H.R., or Another Holloway Route) at Flagstaff Mountain above Boulder, established by bouldering legend Jim Holloway way back in 1975. That is thirty-two years without an ascent at a popular bouldering area next to a large climbing town. You can see a video of Carlo Traversi repeating Thrice atclimbingbum.blogspot.com. The grade? They both offered top end V12. Dougald MacDonald also has a full report about Thrice at climbing.com/news
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