Jan Hojer has continued his rampage on the world’s hardest boulders by repeating The Big Island (V15) in Fontainebleau, France. Hojer had climbed The Island (V14/15) one month ago, and then set his sights on linking the two lower moves to complete The Big Island’s fifth ascent.
“I don’t think that the additional two moves make a big difference in difficulty,” Hojer told UKClimbing, “but it’s way cooler to start with a proper stand start.”
The Big Island was established by Font local Vincent Pochon in 2010. Pochon added two moves to the beginning of Dave Graham’s The Island, which was established in 2008. The problem is located in the Coquibus Rumont sector of Fontainebleau, and according to Chris Schulte, The Big Island is "likely the hardest ‘up’ problem in the forest.”
Two weeks ago, The Big Island received its fourth ascent by Guillaume Glairon Mondet. See the video and read about the ascent HERE.
And for Schulte's full-length feature about his ongoing battle with The Big Island, and the history of Fontainebleau, click HERE.