V15s are falling like apples in October. Dave Graham and Jon Cardwell have both cranked two of the hardest boulder problems in the world. In Las Vegas, Graham made the second ascent of Paul Robinson’s Meadowlark Lemon (V15). Robinson established the problem in January of last year, linking two V13s together to create one of the country’s hardest boulder problems. Graham complemented Robinson’s vision, writing on Facebook, “The rig is super proud; aesthetic, tall, and blank looking, I’m always really impressed when I stand underneath it.”
Back in the Colorado Front Range, Jon Cardwell made the third ascent of The Game (V15) in Boulder Canyon. Initially thought to be one of the country’s first V16s, The Game was established by Daniel Woods in February of 2010, and was repeated and subsequently downgraded by Carlo Traversi. Cardwell proves to be ringing in the new year in style as this repeat is his first V15.