Mike Foley (18) does first 8B

About a month ago, Mike Foley, 18, reapeated Livin´ astro, 8c+, at Rumney and a couple of days ago it was time for Double down, an 8B at Great Barrington, to fall. So, who is this 18-year-old? We asked him: “I would describe myself as a skinny New Englander that no one has ever heard of. Hahahaha.” He goes on to say he thinks he´s “just about dead even in terms of strength in both fields”, those fields being route climbing and bouldering, and that his “next bouldering project is at Lincoln Woods… most people just call it the Super Project but the stand start is called Devine Providence but there is still an obvious sit start that is yet to be done. I did the first ascent of the low start last year, starting from one move in and thought was about hard 8A+. No one has ever doen the first move but I have come very close. That single move is at least 8A, so the full problem should check in around 8B/B+ if it goes.”//BP