Watch Jimmy Webb flash the ultra-classic Vorpal Blade V13 at Black Mountain, California, in May 2019. The first ascent was by Alex Savage in 2009.

“It is the sit start to Beware the Jabberwocky V10 which is a rad climb that Ian McIntosh put up a few months back,” said Savage after his first ascent. “It is one of the longest boulder problems I have ever worked on. It starts sitting on the left side of the boulder under the roof and climbs up and right via 20+ hard moves of steep climbing to the lip. The physical crux is within the first sequence of climbing to the stand start.

“The name Vorpal Blade comes from the poem Beware the Jabberwocky, which is definitely worth a read if you haven’t seen it before. As for the grade, it’s always difficult to rate a climb, especially a first ascent.”

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