At the end of last year, Will Bosi managed the third ascent of the 9A boulder Alphane near Chironico. Now the Scot has released the video of his inspection. The Ticino classics Vecchio Leone (8B, flash) and Forgotten Gem (8C) can also be seen in the video.
The international bouldering elite are currently cavorting in the Swiss sun room - from Woods to Graham, they are all there. This high density of strong climbers is also reflected in the fact that numerous classics have been repeated, hard boulders have been projected and new lines have been climbed for the first time.
With Stefano Ghisolfi, Adam Ondra and Jakob Schubert, three of the world's best climbers joined forces in spring 2022 to wrestle an ascent of the potential 9c line Excalibur - without success. Will Bosi has been staying in Arco for a short time. After just one day, the strong Scot was able to do all 18 moves and climb the route in three stages.
Stefano Ghisolfi, who not so long ago was still on the most difficult sport climbing route in the world, swaps a climbing rope for a crash pad. In Chironico, he tries his hand at one of the world's toughest boulders: Alphane (9A), guided by Shawn Raboutou, the first ascent.
In 2013, bouldering legend Dave Graham opened Foundation's Edge (8C). Since then, the groin-heavy boulder has been considered a valid test piece in Fionnay. The strong Belgian Simon Lorenzi recently secured an incredibly fast repetition: in just one and a half hours he climbed the line on the third attempt.
An open secret for a long time, officially and as a video can be marveled at today: Shawn Raboutou's first ascent of Boulder Alphane (9A). The strong American not only opened the first 9A boulder in Switzerland with the extremely strong and equally technical line, but only the third worldwide.
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