Taylor McNeill Repeats Webb’s Engine Bloc (V14), Makes V14 First Ascent
Taylor McNeill makes the second ascent of Jimmy Webb's Engine Bloc (V14), and establishes Third Eye Awakening (V14) and Spreadin' Razor (V13) in Boone, North Carolina.
8a.nu scorecard. “One of the craziest low percentage moves I’ve ever done. Huge throw to a terrible sloper that has to be stuck perfectly.”
Grandmother Mountain, home of Engine Bloc, was one of the first places where McNeill had bouldered outside. “I remember being shown Engine Bloc and thinking how impossible it looked,” he recalls. “Throughout my climbing career, every season I would give it a few goes here and there, without
much luck. This climb is only like six moves or something, but really it all comes down to one move—an insanely huge jump to a terrible sloper.
“To be honest I’m still not exactly sure what happened. I jumped, slapped, and holy shit I was on the wall!”
Everything seems to be falling into place this past week! After 9 or so days effort, I made the first ascent of the Third Eye proj. One the most beautiful roofs I’ve ever done, and it climbs just as good as it looks! This line fits my style very well, and still feels right at the cusp of what I’m capable of doing. I don’t have a lot of experience with the grade, but I think this is what V14 feels like. Calling this one ‘Third Eye Awakening’ V14. Unbelievably stoked to have put up another 5 star line in the high country! @fiveten_official @metoliusclimbing @organicclimbing #brandofthebrave #bouldering #thirdeye #tallnotstrong #mustvegottentaller #soft #hard #NCbouldering
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