Sunday, August 18, 2013

NEWS: Daniel Woods Opens The Wheel of Chaos (V14) at 10,600 Feet in RMNP

Daniel Woods on The Wheel of Chaos
Daniel Woods on The Wheel of Chaos (V14)
in RMNP. Photo courtesy Daniel Woods Facebook page.
Daniel Woods has established and sent The Wheel of Chaos at 10,600 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park. In true mountaineering spirit (bouldering style) the boulder problem requires a four-mile approach, involves three different boulders and is over 23 hand moves in length. On his facebook page, Woods describes the route:

"The line is 23 moves long straight out the belly of this overhung, green lichen filled boulder. The beginning is physical with long lock offs between half pad incut edges and flat crimps. You reach a good incut rail at the 3/4 mark, then have to execute the final 8A [V11] technical boulder at the end."

Woods also described the problem as "one of the highest and hardest lines (so far) in the park" and raved about the potential in Colorado for for untapped bouldering.

Woods is one of the top boulderers in the world. He has climbed at least 10 routes rated V14 or harder, including five V15's. Woods and Dave Graham have established several difficult boulder problems in Colorado, including The Ice Knife, Bridge of Noises, White Noise (all V15) and many others.

Check out this video of Daniel Woods in Colorado's high country establishing some of Colorado's hardest boulder problems:

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