In the Rocklands rows of heavy boulders are cracked

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.

"I just concentrated on every hold in front of me and wasn't afraid of heights. However, it would have been really bad if I had missed the last hold."

Ryuichi Murai

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)

The Russian too Vadim Timonov can look back on a successful stay in the Rocklands. For example, he secured the third ascent of the Dave Graham boulders Parzival (8 C)

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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