Matt Fultz meldet bei Insta, die, nach Sean Bailey und Daniel Woods die dritte Begehung des Nathaniel Coleman Boulders „Grand Illusion“ 8C+ in Little Cottonwood Canyon (USA).

„Grand Illusion“ war eines der besten und härtesten Boulderprojekte in den USA, den Low-start von „Euro Roof“, einem V13 im Little Cottonwood Canyon von Chris Sharma und wurde lange von Nathaniel Coleman und Drew Ruana letzten Sommer probiert. Letztlich schaffte Nathaniel Coleman den erfolgreichen Durchstieg des von den beiden „The Grand Illusion“ genannten Boulders. Für ihn der erste Boulder im Grad 8C+.

Made the 4th ascent of this legendary @nathaniel.coleman boulder last night! Grand Ill is pretty much the only problem I’ve tried since early April. It was quite a fight to gain the specific fitness required for this boulder/sport climb hybrid. Pacing, precision, and micro-beta needed to be so dialed in for me. And of course, as usual, the long fight ended in a pretty casual first try of the night burn. Felt like I could run laps. But I think that’s the confidence the problem required of me.

I was initially drawn to Grand Illusion as I thought it would be great training for Creature from the Black Lagoon in Colorado, my main focus for this Summer. But then I got so obsessed, I actually postponed my trip to Colorado! Luckily not for too long!

Shout out to @madrockclimbing for supporting my journey, supplying me with pads, and making shoes that I can use effectively on a slab or on Grand Illusion or anywhere in between.