In the South African bouldering Mecca Rocklands there is a lot going on: Ryuichi Murai repeats the ultimate test piece Livin' Large (8C +) as well as other hard boulders. Russian Vadim Timonov flashes Mirta (8B+) and opens G-master (8C).
Various climbing professionals are currently enjoying the variety of rocks on the Rocklands. It is therefore hardly surprising that rock-hard boulders are first climbed or repeated at regular intervals. Here is a brief overview:
Hukkataival Highball Livin' Large (8C+) replayed
The strong Japanese Ryuichi Murai treats himself to one of the rare repeats of Livin 'Large (8C+). The from Nalle Hukkataival 2009 Highball is considered the test piece in the Rocklands. The joy of the 29-year-old is correspondingly great: "I'm mega psyched. I have achieved my main goal of this trip."
The eight meter high line was quite intimidating. In addition, according to Murai, it was difficult to find the conditions required for a successful ascent. As a result, the skin suffered quite a lot, which meant: a serious attempt, then a break of two to three days. On the day of the climb, everything came together in the second go.
Video: Ryuichi Murai climbs el corazon (8b)
In addition to Livin' Large (8C+), Ryuichi Murai hit other hard lines during his Rockland trip, including The Book Club (8B+), Threesomes (8B+), Monkey Wedding (8C), Black Eagle (8B+) or El corazon (8B).
Vadim Timonov opens G-Master (8C)
Barely a week later he left the South African bouldering Mecca with the successful first ascent of G master then a new test piece of his own. His 8C creation is made up of the two 8B boulders Master key and The Guestlist zusammen.
Video: Vadim Timonov on the first ascent of G-master (8C)
And then there was his flash ascent of Mirta (8B+), one of the most beautiful ledge boulders in Cape Town just on the last day of the trip. For Vadim Timonov it was the crowning glory of a successful climbing holiday.
video: Vadim Timonov flashes the 8b + Boulder Mirta
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Credits: Cover picture Naoki Shimatani