A few days ago, Daniel Woods made the second ascent of Sleepwalker (V16), a Nalle Hukkataival project in the Black Velvet Canyon section of Red Rocks, Nevada. First sent by Jimmy Webb on December 15, 2018, Sleepwalker is one of the hardest climbs in the U.S. Only a handful of problems exist at the grade. “I haven’t really wanted to do a boulder like this in a long time,” Webb said in a video of the send. “It’s something that I actually think is the next step in my climbing regimen.”
The problem took Webb eleven days, and consists of a double undercling start with long moves into slopers before a brutal top out, requiring a long left dyno followed by a vertical toe-hook and hand match. “Initially,” said Webb on Instagram post-send, “I could not do a single move …. but with many moments of frustration I found myself on top of what could be the hardest boulder in the country.”
Though the problem is relatively short, Woods reported on Instagram that the moves were “some of the harder individual moves” he’s tried in his career.” Woods, who worked the problem with Webb and young crusher Keenan Takahashi in December before Webb sent, has long been on the forefront of the American bouldering scene, with tags of almost all the U.S.’s V16 problems, including FA’s on American problems like The Process (V16), Creature from the Black Lagoon (V16), Hypnotized Minds (V16) and most recently Box Therapy (V16). Having left the same day Webb made the first ascent, Woods returned to Sleepwalker to tick the boulder off his list last week.
Watch Jimmy Webb on the First Ascent of Sleepwalker (V16)