04 Oct Three and a half years…and an 8C+ first ascent by Taylor!
Another story of determination, power and perseverance for world bouldering
Taylor McNeill is one of those boulderers we have sometimes heard about over the years and who, unlike many others, does not present a trivial perspective of bouldering as a mere research for numbers …
He has certainly proved his power several times: from The Big Island in Bleau, to Southern Drawl in Chattanooga or Squoze in Red Rocks. 8C ascents which demonstrate his level (to which many others are added) but which are only part of the broader vision of the bouldering of this thirty year old American climber.
As shown on his Instagram profile, a substantial part of Taylor’s climbing activity is dedicated to the first ascents, which in his case are very many in number and difficulty.
Also from his profile, posts have often appeared for many months in which McNeill reported the updates of his battle on this extreme project in Joe’s Valley, which by now had powerfully bewitched him.
It took him “three and a half years of frustration, anger and determination” to go beyond a simple extreme climb on a boulder and, after about forty sessions, Taylor did it and climbed Moonlight Sonata, for which he proposes the 8C+.
In the announcement on Instagram, he promised to report more about his full experience in the near future … which will undoubtedly be a great source of inspiration!