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Olympic Climbing Medalist Tries Hard American Boulder Problem

The well-known Red Rocks problem only has four ascents to date

Olympic bronze medalist Jakob Schubert was recently visiting Red Rocks where he attempted to repeat Jimmy Webb’s Sleepwalker V16. He was climbing with Nicolai Uznik and Michael Piccolruaz.

In the past, Schubert has climbed V15 and 5.15b and was crowned the lead world champion three times. At the start of the year, he visited Italy and made the fourth ascent of Erebor 5.15.

Sleepwalker has become one of the most-tried hard problems in the U.S.A. Four climbers have sent it, including Webb, Daniel Woods, Nalle Hukkataival and Drew Ruana. Webb, Woods and Hukkataival used a high toe hook to finish the crux, while Ruana went with a more powerful sequence.

Shubert dropped an April Fools joke on Instagram where he said he wanted to downgrade the problem before sending it to V14.

Jakob Schubert on Sleepwalker

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