Daniel Woods has made the first ascent of Box Therapy V16 in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.
Woods spent a week making the two-hour approach through snow up the 3,169 metres to project what is now one of the world’s hardest problems.
Woods reported on Instagram before he sent that his plan to wait until spring for the send changed after some snow melted.
maybe I dont have to wait till june afterall. decided to go back up and clean the ice and snow off the bloc for one last shot. was shocked that so much snow had melted in just a two day period. I did the line from a move in to the lip of the overhang (all the hard moves), but the headwall remained damp. monday will give it hell . here is a lil edit @james_lucas put together. some savage edge moves on steep terrain.
Woods has climbed 5.15b and has a number of V16s to his name, including Creature from the Black Lagoon, Hypnotized Minds and The Process.
Throughout the year, Woods sent La Capella 5.15b, First Ley 5.15a and Jungle Speed 5.14d.
Climbing magazine’s James Lucas was on hand for the send and wrote a great article about Woods here.
“He worked through the climb, linking from the second move to just past the crux,” said Lucas. “The finish proved too wet for an ascent still, and so he waited—again. Woods returned four days later, on the final day of a short fall weather window in Colorado, and sent the problem after seven total days of work. It was just in time, as another snowstorm hit the area yesterday with predictions of eight inches of snow in the mountains.”
Box Therapy FA 8C+ ✅♠️ ————————————— 91 miles hiked over 7 days 10,400 ft (3169 m) elevation multiple 35 F degree (1C) and below days with wind… condis ? 18 moves out a 50 degree roof micro holds that make your pulleys feel like they are gonna pop after every attempt snowstorms ❄ feeling close but continue the waiting game ? convince myself it is over… too much snow and ice mother nature blesses me with a window ? psyche is rekindled anxiety creeps in to get the job done last day best day zone state entered im on cloud 9 . Shout out to @fausey, @tchadx, and @james_lucas for walkin their asses back there just to support… ive got some A+ friends ? photo @james_lucas