9 years after the first ascent: 8C+ Highball The Process repeated

The strong American boulderer Zach Galla secures the second ascent of the Daniel Woods Highballs The Process (8C+). The line at the famous Grandpa Peabody Boulder had turned away all aspirants for nine years.

“Getting out of this boulder was a feeling that no other climbing experience has given me before,” enthuses Zach Galla. On February 27th, the 23-year-old was the first climber to repeat the 8C+ line The Process in the Buttermilks.

After I reached the edge and calmed down, I felt like I was in a bubble and all that mattered was the next move.

Zach Galla
As beautiful as it is impressive: the Grandpa Peabody Boulder. Zach Galla after the second ascent of The Process (8C+).
As beautiful as it is impressive: the Grandpa Peabody Boulder. Zach Galla after the second ascent of The Process (8C+).

Daniel Wood's 2015 test piece is at the famous Grandpa Peabody Boulder and runs to the right of Sean Bailey's recently started 8C+ line Devilution. The Process expands Social Distortion (8B) with an 8b+ sequence high above the ground. Finally, there is a flat 7C+ exit in the absolute no-fall zone. Could this be the reason why this highball remained unrepeated for nine years?

Daniel Woods was way ahead of his time when he first climbed this mental and physical test piece nine years ago.

Zach Galla

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Credits: Cover picture Zach Galla

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