Jimmy Webb’s bags were packed; his crash pad was not. On his final day in Rocklands he woke up early and made one last hike to Livin Large (V15), in the Kleinefontaine area, and this time he topped out.
“Proper last day best day!” Webb wrote on Instagram. “No words can fully describe the feeling I had when I stuck the final jug.”
Last season in Rocklands, Webb’s goal was to flash as many difficult problems as possible, which he accomplished, adding Sky (V13) and A Simple Knowing (V13), among other problems, to his flash list (see video below). This season he put his efforts into Livin Large.
“This rig most definitely has consumed me for a long time, and after 10 days of efforts this trip it is such a relief to get it done,” Webb wrote on Instagram.
Nalle Hukkataival established Livin Large in 2009, a Rocklands testpiece, which stands among the likes of Monkey Wedding (V15), Golden Shadow (V14) and King of Limbs (V14). Hukkataival spotted Webb for his July 6 send.
“Watching [Webb] fight his way to the last move was like being up there again myself,” Hukkataival wrote on Facebook, “except this time I was down on the ground spotting and hoping I wouldn’t have to catch a big guy flying at me from 30 feet up.”
Hukkataival and Webb plan to meet in Australia in August after Webb returns home for a month of training.
Webb has sent V15s all over the world, including Defy Gravity in Thunder Ridge in Colorado’s South Platte, The Nest in Red Rocks, The Story of 2 Worlds inCresciano, Switzerland, and Practice of the Wild and The Understanding in Magic Wood.
Proper last day best day! Woke up early again for the usual routine and found myself on top of Livin Large for the 2nd ascent!! No words can fully describe the feeling I had when I stuck the final jug.. This rig most definitely has consumed me for a long time and after 10 days of efforts this trip it is such a relief to get it done. Cheers to everyone who helped get me through this process of hiking pads, spotting, waking up early etc etc. couldn’t have done without ya’ll!! Also huge thanks to @nalle_hukkataival for the FA and for hiking up a mondo today and spotting my ass on the send! At the airport now heading home. Time for a month of training before heading to OZ!! #bouldering #rocklands @beauknowsphotos ? @hippytree @fiveten_official @organicclimbing @giddyheals
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Webb’s Flashes in Rocklands: