Muriel Sarkany exchanged the warmth of isolation with the cold of Spanish crags. After the last round of the IFSC worldcup she left to Catalunya to discover the local climbing spots. Result: she sent Rollito Sharma, 8b+, in Santa Linya.
One day after a sad Belgian Boulder Championship for him, Nicolas Farcy left to Switzerland to take advantage of the good weather conditions. Just arrived he sent Les Feux d'Azeroth, 8A+. His 2009 ticklist is really impressive. Well done!
No new line was opened in Freyr since a long time. Back in Belgium for the Asgard Jamming Tour Nicolas Favresse has token time to free a variant of Mistral gagnant. 8 meters of virgin rock to add one more belgian 8b+ to his tick list: L'eau de Lune.
Like Rodellar for lead climbing, Magic Wood gives a lot of Belgian top performances in bouldering this year. Jonathan Thomas and Nicolas Mathieu sent both 8A+: Jungle Book sit start for the first and The left hand side of Darkness for the second.
In only four days at Rodellar Muriel Sarkany sent 6 routes in the eight degree including Philippe Cuisinière, 8b+. She come back in Belgium with motivation for the two last rounds of the World Cup Competition Climbing.
Muriel Sarkany quickly washed away her disappointment of the last wordlcup in Puurs by sending El Chorreras o la belle inconnue, 8b/+, at her first attempt in Rodellar. Muriel also succeded to climb a new 8a onsight.
Raphaël Fernandez finished his summer trip with a nice performance. He achieved the ascent of his first 8b+/c with Magic Eyes in Onate, Spain. The route is probably more an 8c which means a new grade passed for Raphaël.
With Olivier Mignon, Thierry Hardy and Nicolas Mathieu, Belgium counts plenty boulder ascents in the 8th degree. Last Wednesday they added three new 8 on their ticklist. Their trip in Magic Wood in Switzerland is definitively prolific.
Taking holidays around Nice this summer, Siebe Vanhee sent last Friday his first 8c with Les Maux de la Fin. With 40 meter overhang and a crux at the very end of the route, it was not easy for him to get the final hold.
There are signs of life on Baffin Island. Nicolas and Olivier Favresse, Sean Villanueva and Stéphane Hanssens make fun and climb under the healthy sun of Great North. Who said that this region was an the hell?
Only two weeks after flashing 8b Du Glucose pour les moineaux in Modave, Robin Poelmans onsighted last Monday Question d'équilibre, 8b+ in Céüse. Robin's holidays begin. We suppose he won't probably stop with this.
Between Portugal and Sardiania, Nicolas Favresse also spent time in Switzerland before leaving to Canada for his Baffin Island expedition. He sent a few days ago Silbergeier, a six pitches route, 8b max, in Ratikon.
A few days before his 18th anniversary, Nicolas Mathieu got a surprising gift with a new V11/8A boulder: The worm turns at Joe?s valley, United States. His party friend Thierry Hardy also sent the problem.
Two weeks after Dutch Isolde Toet, Sofie Hoet sent God s(h)ave the Queen last Saturday in Freyr. Two incredible performances according to the high difficulty of 8a's in Freyr.
Holidays are off. Loïc Timmermans (14) goes back to school with plenty of hard sents on his tick list: Dr. Feelgood, 8a onsight, Braguetasso, 8a+ and two more 8a. Each route in Margalef. That's the youngest 8a onsight ever in Belgium.
After climbing in Albarracin two months ago, Olivier Mignon get back to the spanish bouldering mekka. He sent out Cosmos, 8A+ and Las orejas de la regletas, 8A, a little earlier this week. Jérôme De Boeck also made the last one.
Since 1st of April James Pearson and Gaz Parry look for the most beautiful 8a's of Europe during their The North Face Summit Series Road Trip. Last Saturday they landed in Freyr to try God S(h)ave the Queen and the crag was stunning.
The day after his slideshow in Leuven, Dave MacLeod made a tour in Freyr. Healthy tour according to his tick list: Bansai XXL, 8b+ at second go, and John Bee delight watch, 8a flash. Thanks to the club LUAK for inviting him.
Those who are unaware of the Santa Linya's roof should take a few minutes to view the new video of Jérôme De Boeck. Impressing. Same feeling when we have seen the video of his ascent of La Fabela, the 8c+ he climbed 3 weeks ago.
Sean Villanueva and Nicolas Favresse put an end prematurely to their expedition in Patagonia because of dramatic circumstances. Wedged in the storm, their Argentinian friend, Chino, died of hypothermia.
Visiting Montserrat Robin Poelmans added a new 8c and the first repetition of an 8c+ on his ticklist. The route names are quite impressive: Llum et Fuck Mainstream!
La Coccinelle (8A) has pride of place on the ticklist of Nico Farcy and Jonathan Thomas (his first). The conditions in Fontainebleau were not perfect because of the high temperature but they did it.
A few days after Siebe Vanhee's first 8b+, Jérôme De Boeck sends two new 8c+ at Santa Linya for his birthday. The route names: Fabela and Ingravid Serps Extension.
Nicolas Favresse et Sean Villanueva are back. After 13 days on the wall they freeclimbed the South African Route on the East face of the central tower of Torres del Paine. That's the first free ascent of the east face!
Visiting Austria for one week Robin Poelmans sent his first 8c in the Schwarze Wand sector (Zillertal) with Freedom is just another word for nothing left to loose. He also onsighted his first 8a.
2009 started pretty fast. After Sébastien Berthe who climbed his first 8b at Nice, Robin Poelmans sent his first 8b too. He made Fritographie in the Louis-Philippe sector of Freyr.
Another hard boulder for Nicolas Mathieu: Cosmos 8A+ in Albarracín in Spain. Were also there Didier Mottart, Mathieu Pauwels and Olivier Mignon who do a couple of 7C+. Christmas' vacations where good for them.