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Daniel Woods Establishes New V14

Daniel Woods has topped out another cutting-edge project in Colorado's Elkland boulders to yield The Purge (V14).

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Woods on the first ascent of <em>The Purge</em> (V14). Photo by <a target=Cameron Maier. ” src=”https://d1vs4ggwgd7mlq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/Article-Images/News-Photos/DW-Purge–1.jpg” />Daniel Woods has topped out another cutting-edge project in Colorado’s Elkland boulders to yield The Purge (V14). Woods explained on his 8a.nu scorecard that both he and Dave Graham had discovered the line, and that Graham had tried the project before he left for Europe. “He told me it was really good, so I decided to pay it a visit and became obsessed over the movement,” wrote Woods.

Woods describes the crux move as an iron cross from a small left hand crimp to a slopey arete for the right hand, followed by a “desperate hand flip into a left hand undercling.” Seeking optimal conditions for the problem’s compression style of climbing, Woods waited until nightfall before firing the first ascent The Purge.

Woods’ new line adds another yet another difficult testpiece to Elkland–a destination that is quickly becoming stacked with some of the country’s hardest boulder problems. In March, Dave Graham added Bridge of Ashes (V15) to the area, which Woods repeated in one session. Other standout problems at Elkland include Memory is Parallax (V14) and Mind to Motion (V14), which were established by Dave Graham and Daniel Woods respectively.

Check out this video by Cameron Maier of Dave Graham establishing one of Elkland’s hardest–Bridge of Ashes (V15).

Here’s another excellent video by Maier, which documents the first ascent of Graham’s Memory is Parallax (V14).