On the heels of a spring Carlo Traversi repeated classic 8Bs: Black Lung, Circadian Rhythm and Suspension of Disbelief, then did the 6th ascent of Jade in RMNP.
Given the grade of 8C by Daniel Woods after its FA in 2007, Jade has been repeated by a who’s who of the world’s strongest boulderers (Paul Robinson, Ty Landman, Nalle Hukkataival, Phil Schaal) - all of whom more or less confirmed the 8C grade.
(photo: coll. Carlo Traversi)
Jade is Traversi’s first boulder harder than 8B and he is admittedly not strong on crimps which has led him to register the problem as 8B+ on his 8a scorecard:
The culmination of a tumultuous year as a 21 year old, filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, I must say I am very grateful for the life that I am able to live. Life has never been better. As for the grade: I see this as the next level for me, so 8B+ (V14) seems appropriate. I normally avoid crimps like it’s my job, so how could I skip a grade in the style that I’m worst at? I certainly don’t believe that I am a V15 climber…