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Rocklands Roundup

A look at some of the impressive sends by the slew of strong women and men that descended on the area this season.

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As the Rocklands season starts winding down, here are some of the hardest summer sends in everyone’s favorite African boulder paradise.

The 2018 season has been an absolute crusher, with a new V15 (8C) by Paul Robinson and a quick repeat by Daniel Woods, along with a couple ticks on his Spray of Light (V15) by the Norwegians Martin Mobråten and Thilo Schröter. Dave Graham scored a coveted second ascent of Frédéric Nicole’s legendary Black Eagle (V15) via sit-start. Numerous holds have broken since the FA, forcing Graham to use a new sequence. The famed Finnish Line (V15) of Nalle Hukkataival also saw three ascents this summer, first by the American climber Shawn Raboutou, later by Daniel woods, and finally by Daisuke Ichimiya of Japan. Though we’ve only found one Rocklands 2018 send by Nalle harder than 8B, the Finnish powerhouse put up a slew of 8B problems, including Digital Populism, The Second Wurst and Hiding in the Shadows. -Owen Clarke

Paul Robinson Daniel Woods Isabelle Faus Dave Graham
Pirate’s Code, 8C/V15, FA

Shaky Warrior, 8B+/V14

Pirate’s Code, 8C/V15

The Finnish Line, 8C/V15

Quintessential, 8B/V13

The Arch, 8B/13

Noise vs Beauty, V14/V15

Black Eagle SD, 8C/V15

Oliphant’s Dawn, 8B+/V14

Daisuke Ichimiya Juliane Wurm Alizee Dufraisse Nalle Hukkataival
The Finnish Line, 8C/V15 Fragile Steps, 8B+/V13 The Arch, 8B/V13 Getting By, 8B+/V14, FA
Martin Mobråten Thilo Schröter Shawn Raboutou
Spray of Light, 8C/V15 Spray of Light, 8C/V15 The Finnish Line, 8C/V15

Mirta, 8B+/V14

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Disclaimer: By no means is this list exhaustive. This is merely a list of the climbs we could track down and verify via social media and other sources. Some of these climbs, such as Pirate’s Code, aren’t in Rocklands but in other nearby regions. (In the case of Pirate’s Code, Three Corners)

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