Alex Puccio has taken down Heritage, a classic 8B+ (V14) in Valle Bavona, Switzerland. It is the 29-year-old American’s fifth bloc of the grade.
Puccio wrote on her 8a.nu scorecard: “Wow…. psyched! 1st try on my 6th or 7th day. I fell off the last move 3rd day on it 2 times and then for the next days I was struggling to stay on the wall due to the warmth and high humidity! Finally got a windy, but warm day. Didn’t even warm up. Last day best day!!!! 🙂 This boulder is way harder being under a certain height! Have to hop out of the toe hook for the first crux move to the left hand [gaston] and then the last move to the right hand just under the lip is WAY harder since for my height you can’t use the good left lower foot others use. Have to ball up and punch to the last hold. Was a huge crux for me!!!”
Carlo Traversi established Heritage in November 2012, writing on his 8a.nu scorecard at the time, “You’ve had dreams about this problem without ever seeing it. It’s that good.”
Subsequent ascentionists include Nalle Hukkataival, Bernd Zangerl, Christof Rauch, Martin Keller and Paul Robinson.
Puccio’s previous V14s before Heritage were The Penrose Step, Leavenworth, Washington; New Baseline, Magic Wood, Switzerland; The Wheel of Chaos, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado; and Jade, also in Rocky Mountain National Park.
So what will her first V15 be? Definitely plenty to choose from out there in Switzerland!
Christof Rauch on Heritage
Paul Robinson on Heritage