This fall, Daniel Woods made the first ascent of Box Therapy V16 at Box Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.
He had to walk over 250 kilometres over a number of days to send the 18-move problem. The first route on the boulder was in 2008 by Tommy Caldwell called Spread Eagle V11. Box Therapy adds a low start to the line.
Box Therapy is Wood’s fourth V16 first ascent and the third in Rocky Mountain National Park. In 2010, he sent Hypnotized Minds on Veritas Boulder and in 2016, he climbed Creature from the Black Lagoon. Few V16 problems have ever been repeated.
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
“The holds are pretty micro and require a lot of hand strength,” said Woods. “There are limited footholds and most of the feet track the previous hand holds. From the start to the stand start is V14/15 and from the stand onward is V12.”