8. Daniel Woods Flashes V14/15

A world-class testpiece goes down first try

Daniel Woods pushed bouldering standards just a little bit higher on November 28 when he fired Entlinge (V14/15), a five-move Fred Nicole problem climbing a steep prow in Murgtal, Switzerland, on his first try (the above video shows Austrian boulderer Bernd Zangerl on the second ascent). The ascent edged out Adam Ondra’s repeat of Confessions (V14) as the hardest flash ever. The significance wasn’t lost on Woods: In just a few seconds, he had climbed a grade that still takes most top boulderers days of work. “The whole day felt like being in a dream,” he said on 8a.nu. “Climbing seemed effortless."

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