Slovenian climber Rok Klancnik has made the third ascent of Klem Loskot’s iconic Bügeleisen in Malatal, Austria. Climbed in 2001 and tentatively grade 8B+ (V14) by Loskot, Bügeleisen remained unrepeated until last April, when Finnish powerhouse Nalle Hukkataival made the second ascent, claiming that the problem was “one of the BEST hard boulders in the world.”
Klancnik pulled off the third ascent and suggested that the problem was “much, much harder” than any other V14 he has done. He gave Bügeleisen a personal grade of V15 on his 8a.nu scorecard. It’s worth noting that Klancnik has climbed V15 before, having sent Dave Graham’s testpiece From Dirt Grows the Flowers, in Chironico, Switzerland. His next project, however, is adding a sit-start to Bügeleisen.
Check out the video of Kancnik’s ascent.