American Katie Lamb has expanded her route book with two new 8B+ boulders. Compatriot Michaela Kirsch climbs 8B boulders in one session, and Caro Senhuber pulls down classic red boulder Lethal Design (8A+).
Although Katie Lamb’s 8B+ ascent has been around for some time, they are no less impressive. In Squamish, the 26-year-old achieved her seventh 8B+ rock in two years with the Deadlift. Although she failed last year due to the overhanging and strong line, she was able to climb the rock in her last attempt last September.
The powerful American also succeeded a month later in Mizugaki, Japan. She was perhaps the first woman to repeat Toru Nakajima’s test piece “I Decided”, thus her 8B+ rock is the eighth. Like the Deadlift, Decided is also a very steep and powerful rock lift.
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8B Boulder in one day
A few days ago, Michaela Kirsch successfully tackled a solo mission in Huntington Canyon. Within a few hours she towed the 8B Boulder after hours. The heel shank, small 6 millimeter length, and toe hook at the outlet seem to have worked for her.
Speaking of sport climbing: During her trip to Spain, Michaela Kirsch covered several challenging routes in Margalif in ten days, including Victimes del Futur (9a), Era Vella (9a), Coma sant pere (8c+), and Zipoyorik ez ( 8c), Flash Over (8b+) or La Niña Mala (8b).
Groin shooting at its best
Caro Senhuber is going strong too. The Austrian successfully designed Lethal Design, one of the most popular 8A+ lines in the United States, in the Red Rocks area near Las Vegas. And it seems she’s graced the rock, too:
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