Grand finale in Rocklands!
The latest great ascent of Graham, Hukkataival and Faus in the South African mecca23 August 2018
The Rocklands season ends with these (probably) last ascents of some top climbers.
With the end of the summer inevitably comes the end of the golden period for Rocklands, where this year the high-level ascents have been many and valuable both among women and men.
In these last days, in fact, Isabelle Faus has sent another 8B, with the repetition of The Arch. Nalle Hukkataival, who at Rocklands year by year explores and develops entire new sectors, returns: indeed he did the first ascent of Getting By, a new 8B+.
The result, however, perhaps more significant comes from Dave Graham: after the repetition of Noise vs. Beauty of 8B / C we have already spoken about, Dave also repeated another famous 8B +, Oliphant's Dawn, but above all he made the second ascent of the sit start of Black Eagle, a famous 8C by Fred Nicole. Because of many broken holds, this line has been waiting for a repetition for more than 15 years, as Graham himself explains on his Instagram page:
“Successfully resurrected the legendary @fred_nicole sit-start to Black Eagle [8C]. After 16 years of lying dormant due to many broken holds, this rig finally has a new sequence seemingly ready to stand the test of time and traffic a true classic deserves. This striking line climbs as nice as it looks. Powerful compression moves with complex foot sequences lead to a bizarre undefinable balance move off a bizarre left toe hook and a terrible non-hold out right. Extremely Fontainebleau-esque with its semi-unexplainable beta, enjoyable to project with its shady orientation and comfortable holds; this has to be one of my favorite climbs of this style I’ve climbed in a long time. Five weeks left here in this majestic paradise with all these amazing people. VAMOS.”
Let's see if this is all this year or if Rocklands will still reserve some surprises for the end of summer.