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Michaela Kiersch Is Back Crushing in Switzerland

She just threw down a famous powerful V12 in Magic Wood

Michaela Kiersch has sent the classic Jack’s Broken Heart V12 (8A+) in Magic Wood, Switzerland. Over the years, the athletic problem has been climbed by many of bouldering’s best. After a big righthand move to start, the problem features a series of big, shouldery, leftward traversing moves that are definitely harder for the short. Another big dynamic move is needed for the exit.

“Came back to Magic Wood with stronger shoulders,” she said via Instagram. “Last year I had NO CHANCE on this boulder — very cool to see progression in my climbing and training.” You can watch Kiersch’s send of Jack’s Broken Heart in the video below.

This isn’t Kiersch’s first successful trip to Switzerland. Earlier this year, she took a short bouldering trip to Ticino and climbed a flurry of hard problems in Cresciano and Brione. In under two weeks, she climbed at least two V12’s, six V11’s, two V10’s, and one V9. In Spring 2022, she took a longer trip to Magic Wood, where she sent 16 problems V10 and higher—two V14’s, three V13’s, five V12’s, four V11’s, and two V10’s.

In late January, Kiersch made the third female ascent of La Rambla 5.15a in Siurana, Spain. In Spring 2022, she sent Apex Predator 5.14c in Utah. In Fall 2021 she sent the famous Dreamcatcher 5.14d in Squamish, her hardest redpoint at the time. Two weeks prior she made the first female ascent of Super Tweak 5.14b, America’s first route of the grade, originally climbed by Boone Speed in 1994.