Video: Return of the Sleepwalker
- Monday 21st June 2021
On April 2nd Daniel Woods finally succeeded on Return of the Sleepwalker at a proposed grade of V17/Font 9A.
“It’s all just a game people... and I play the game. The game is how comfortable can you become with your own insanity.” Woods wrote.
The 17-move mega resistance bloc is deep within Black Velvet Canyon at Red Rock, Nevada, USA. Assuming, as is likely given the circumstances, the V17/Font 9A grade sticks, Return of the Sleepwalker is the USA’s first Font 9A and one of only a handful around the world at that level.
The sit-down-start extends Jimmy Webb’s 2018 stand-up bloc Sleepwalker, itself a stout offering weighing in at V16/Font 8C+. Woods repeated Sleepwalker in 2019 and almost immediately started to look at the sit-down start. Fifty two days passed before Woods finally sent the problem; having been a prominent boulderer for the last decade Woods focused deep and found the magic within himself to go further than ever before.
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Watch the Mellow video of his epic first ascent below; it’s a fascinating insight into the trials and tribulations of super hard bouldering and is little short of amazing…