Daniel Woods continues to defy the limits of high-end bouldering. This week Woods made the first ascent of yet another V15, Defying Gravity, at Thunder Ridge, a climbing area in South Platte, Colorado. According to Woods’ Instagram, the problem is 25 feet tall, 58 degrees overhanging, and features “explosive” moves.
“For sure in my top 3 list of best boulders that I have done,” he wrote.
According to a report on b3bouldering.com, the line was first envisioned and cleaned by David Jones, Bryan Johnson and Hayden Miller in 2008. Daniel Woods and Jimmy Webb scoped the problem in 2013, trying the problem over 15 days until Woods finally made the first ascent.
This is just one of a string of hard boulder problems (some first ascents) for Woods this year. Earlier this month, Woods made the SDS first ascent of Dave Graham’s The Ice Knife, a possible V16. Woods completed the original Ice Knife (V15) last spring. Here’s a sampling of some of Woods’ hardest sends from 8a.nu for the year 2013:
Delirium (V15): Mt. Evans, Colorado. 2nd ascent.
The Wheel of Wolvo (V15): Mt. Evans, Colorado. 2nd ascent.
Witness the Fitness (V15): Ozark Mountains, Arkansas.
Bridge of Ashes (V14): Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.
Wheel of Chaos (V14): Rocky Mountain National Park. First ascent.