In a recent e-mail exchange with Rock and Ice, Dave Graham apologized for his slow response, explaining that he was “battling with the big project here in Switzerland! Epic!”
Fortunately, Graham has polished off his project by completing the second ascent of The Full Circle (V14), which was first done by Nalle Hukkataival. The problem, which Graham describes on 8a.nu as having “crazy tension moves … and on not the best grips,” sits in the small canton of Valais between the Bernese and Pennine Alps. Graham fought rainy conditions while projecting the line, but finally managed to put it down during a brief dry spell. He reports that The Full Circle is the first hard boulder problem he has managed to tick since injuring his knee in a skiing accident.
Graham recently described the accident on his Five-Ten blog writing: “I decided to try and hit this jump on the flats we’d seshed en route to the park … I launched, lost my balance, landed slightly more left then expected, went off another little bump in the shadows into some deep wet snow, started turning, ski boot didn’t release then CRUNCH CRUNCH!!!!”
However, it seems that Grahams’ knee has healed considering his recent success on The Full Circle, which is reportedly the 49th V14 or harder boulder problem he has sent.