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Is Bishop World Class? Niccolò Ceria Says Don’t Believe The Hype

In January, Italian boulderer Niccolò Ceria, traveled to western America to sample some world-renowned climbing around Red Rocks, Nevada and Bishop, California for six weeks. During his time in the U.S, Ceria made repeats of some classic hard lines including Paul Robinson’s Meadowlark Lemon (V14/15). However, his trip to Bishop fell short of his expectations.

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Ceria sending <em>The Mandala Sit-Start</em> (V13/14). Photo by Giulia Paoletti. ” />In January, Italian boulderer Niccolò Ceria, traveled to western America to sample some world-renowned climbing around Red Rocks, Nevada and Bishop, California for six weeks. The 20 year-old, who has only been climbing outside since 2008, has traveled to Rocklands in South Africa, where during a five week trip he repeated hard routes such as <em>Sitting in a Corner with Depression</em> (V14), and <em>Golden Shadow</em> (V14).  In the snowy regions of Västervik in Sweden, Ceria, among other ascents, flashed the V13, <em>Hourglass</em>. When Ceria visited Prilep, Republic of Macedonia he added a few first ascents to the rarely visited area like <em>The Chicken’s Academy</em> (V11), and flashed <em>Kula Sheika Bula </em>(V12). Of course, he has explored around the Alps doing hard repeats such as <em>Entlinge</em> (V14) and <em>The Never Ending Story</em> (V14), which was his first climb of that grade at age 17. </p>
<div>During his time in the U.S, Ceria made repeats of some classic hard lines including Paul Robinson’s <em>Meadowlark Lemon</em> (V14/15). However, his trip to Bishop fell short of his expectations. After watching numerous videos of climbers like Chris Sharma and Lisa Rands crush hard problems in Bishop, Ceria was “disappointed” by the area’s the granite giants. Below are his comments on his climbing experience in Bishop. </div>
<div><strong><span>Bishop Rock</span></strong><br /><img src=By Niccolò Ceria

Bishop had been on my mind for a long time. I had built up what Bishop climbing would be like in my imagination, especially after the enormous attention that it got from Big Up Production’s Dosage and other videos.
In the morning light the Bishop landscape looked like a moonscape and all the boulders were so close together. My expectations for this place had been building for years and I hurried from one classic problem to another: From Mandala (V12) to Buttermilker (V13), from Evilution Direct (V11) to Saigon (V6) and so on. At first, everything looked great and amazing but after a few minutes of climbing I discovered how sharp the rock was, with low quality and painful holds.