Building Blocks

The Natural Art of Bouldering
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1. Lyn Barazza checks her highball head on Flatline (V8), Yosemite Valley, California. After pulling through 15 feet of a powerful and sustained crux, the aspiring sender faces a lone crimp, an iffy foothold, and a long reach to the lip of this imposing piece of stone. May your resolve be as bullet as the Yosemite granite.

2. Keenan Takahashi guns for the crux grip on El Corazon (8B/V13), Rocklands, South Africa. El Corazon has three holds spread over 15 feet of bullet orange sandstone. Despite being a popular problem in a world-class climbing destination, El Corazon seems to have only one known path to success: Go all-out.

3. Nalle Hukkataival attempts to unlock the subtleties of an infamous project in Black Velvet Canyon, Red Rocks, Nevada. Despite a month of consistent efforts, the Finnish phenom's best efforts weren't enough. Time will tell if succeeding on the project is a matter of getting miraculous conditions, or whether this simply could be one of the hardest problems in the world.

4. Takahashi tipped out on the Yabo Wabo low-start project, one of many futuristic problems. The stand start is a cryptic V11 established by Randy Puro that has seen only three ascents in the better part of a decade. The sit start adds 15 feet of intense compression moves that have yet to be linked. Definitely a contender for one of the hardest undone projects in Yosemite.

5. Takahashi sorts out the topout as he works to connect the dots on a project on the Green 45 Boulder, Upper Chaos Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. So far, no one has found a path through the micro-edges on this potential line, but if completed, it would solidify this pocket of Chaos Canyon as having the world's highest density of hard boulder problems, adding to Jade (V14), Don't Get Too Greedy (V13), Domestic Cat (V14), and Creature from the Black Lagoon (V16).

6. Randy Puro glides through dreamy orange sandstone on The Beaten Path (8A/V11), one of the many new problems opened at The Coop, a developing sector in Rocklands.

7. Daniel Woods dynos to a $1,000 cash prize during the New River Gorge Boulder Bounty competition in November 2017 in West Virginia. This problem eventually fell (as did most of the boulder bounties) at the hands of Jimmy Webb, who called it Get Rich or Die Tryin' (V11), after Webb's harrowing experience topping out the slippery 25-foot block.

8. Roman Yalowitz tries his hand at a project during the Boulder Bounty. Yalowitz selected the King Louie project as his best shot at a win during the bouldering competition. On the first day of the month-long event, he woke up at 6 a.m. and drove to the project in Fern Creek. He rehearsed the top out and began trying to send the 25-foot highball by himself, with only a few crash pads. At 10 a.m., Jimmy Webb arrived at the boulder and flashed the V11 project to claim the first bounty. Yalowitz pulled the problem's second ascent just a few minutes after Webb.

9. Jimmy Webb finds a V14 out of the Cosumnes River Gorge, California. In a brief season of development in early 2018, Webb discovered and made the first ascent of this stunning arete, which he described as "like Cocaine Corner in Yosemite, just a lot harder." He named the line Yayali, a reference to a fabled giant in the legends of the Miwok tribe that first inhabited the region.

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