Postcard from Sanuk Climber Daniel Woods
Time: 5:42 AM | Location: Murgtal, Switzerland
Hey guys, I just made a flash ascent (first try) of one of Europe’s hardest boulder problems Entlinge, established by Fred Nicole in 2005. My ascent was the problems 5th ascent over the years. This was the first ever 8B+/C flash in bouldering history.
I have video of the flash ascent and a photo as well. The video will come out in our upcoming film Welcome to the Hood featuring Paul Robinson, myself, Andy Gullsten, and Guntram Jorg. The film follows us around the world (our hood) and shows our lifestyle as professional climbers.
Entlinge was first established in 2005 by bouldering pioneer Fred Nicole. He stated that it was one of his hardest boulders next to Terremer (8C) in Hueco Tanks, TX. The climb is 6 moves long out a 50 degree overhanging roof. There are not any complications to the climb besides pulling as hard as you can.
The crux move revolves around a split finger half pad pinch and a desperate throw to a quarter pad incut crimp while keeping the tension. I was very surprised to do it first try, but had immaculate conditions and a free mind. It was 3 degrees C outside with a slight humid air surrounding the boulder. When I topped out, I felt as if my heart was going to stop from so much adrenaline pumping through my body.
- Daniel Woods