New Bishop Highball – V11 – E?

Dec 30: New Bishop Highball – V11 – E? by Jack Geldard – Editor – UKC Shawn Diamond has climbed a new line on the boulders of Bishop, California. Luminance has been graded V11 (Font 8a) and features difficult climbing with a terrible landing. Commenting on the Bishop Bouldering Blog, Wills Young describes the problem: “Shawn threw a rope down the line to check the moves. Then he summonedup the courage to step on un-roped. The wall begins with some longmoves to good sloping crimps that lead to the mental challenge ofthrowing a total-commitment dyno to a hold just below the lip.” You can view full size photos of the problem on the Bishop Bouldering Blog. The climbers of the Bishop area are notorious for their highball problems, stretching the limits of bouldering to new heights. In the recent film The Sharp End (UKC Review) we see Lisa Rands climbing well in to the “no fall zone” on the giant granite arête of This Side of Paradise (V10 or approximately E7). These short routes/highball boulder problems are difficult to categorise in to E grades, but some of the most famous highball problems have been tentatively converted in this 2007 UKC news item.