Last weekend, Daniel Woods made an epic second ascent of Drew Ruana’s Freakshow boulder problem in Colorado.
Originally graded as an 8B+, the boulder located in Pinecliff was established in 2002 by Drew Ruana. This huge boulder features around 12 meters of climbing. With the topout at around 7 meters above the landing, there is a 13-meter drop after you reach the peak of this massive rock.
Woods posted just a few days ago on his Instagram account that he sent the line but created a new crux after accidentally breaking a key hand hold. Due to this new beta, Daniel considers it a decent 8C boulder now.
Also, in his post, Woods described the line, which can be broken into three different sections with varying difficulties, from 7C+/8A to 8B.
The first section of the route, an 7C+/8A, starts from a roof underneath the boulder and features physical moves and open hand underclings that lead to the lip of the roof.
The second section, graded as an 8B, implies pulling yourself over the lip off a mini pinch and then using a series of small edges that will take you to the 7-meter vertical slab, aka the third section.
The final part of the climb, graded as a 7B+, has the initial crux, three reachy finger-busting moves, followed by more accessible but still hard moves up to the top of the boulder.
With over 20 years of experience with hard boulders, Daniel Woods is one of the most accomplished climbers of all time, featuring over 70 over 8A+ boulder problems, and among his greatest achievements was the FA of Return of the Sleepwalker (9A) in March 2021 after 16 days and 52 sessions on the wall.
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