I'll be the first to admit it: I am a born-and-bred gym rat. For 5 or 6 years I climbed almost exclusively on plastic, and even afterwards only in New England. But once I moved to Colorado a whole new world opened up to me, including the opportunity for a trip to Hueco Tanks in El Paso, Texas!
First, a little history. A few years back Kevin Jorgeson established one of the hardest boulder problems on the North Coast. This boulder problem is known as Stigmata, and Kevin gave it an opinion grade on 8a.nu of (V12). It was featured in Chuck Fryberger's film Pure, under the name The Blue Schist Project. The crux move of Stigmata requires grabbing a right hand quarter pad crimp and a left hand side pull, getting your feet up and making a close to full extension reach to a positive edge halfway up the 15 ft. boulder....
Go big or go home? Yes!!! This season is starting out as the season of highballs. I've been subconsciously attracted to the tallest, raddest boulders around!Every climb I've been doing lately has been at least 18 feet off the deck, it's exhilarating to be pushing my limits at such heights and my sights are only being set higher.
It’s a new semester here at Tech and time to get going again, but of course, not just in school. It is now officially the season for a whole lot of big bouldering comps. The small, local comps are over with, and now it’s time to kick it into high gear.
Five Ten's elite athlete Carlo Traversi reflects on a few of his notable projects and ascents from last season. Top Notch V13, RMNP Memoirs Of The Invisible Climber V12, RMNP The Nothing V8, Mount Evans Nuthin' But Sunshine V13, RMNP Both Sides Of The Spectrum V12, RMNP