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Will Bosi Flashes V14 in Germany

In a single session, Bosi threw down three hard problems—a V14 flash, a V14 redpoint, and a V11 flash

On February 7, British climber Will Bosi, 24, had an impressive session of bouldering in Allgäu, Germany. After a quick warm-up, he got on the rock for his first time that day and ended up flashing Graceland V14 (8B+). “First pull on rock in Germany so very surprised and happy to get the flash of this amazing bloc. Super cool shoulder move,” he wrote on on his 8a.nu profile. Later in the session he went on to redpoint Act of Grace Sit V14 and flash Kerkermeister V11.

Graceland was originally graded V14 and several other climbers who have repeated the climb have confirmed the grade. However, on his 8a.nu profile Bosi questioned the grade, writing, “Grades are impossible to know when you flash but I reckon it’s more on the 8B [V13] side than the + [V14]? Hopefully more people will go and try it soon.” He marked the problem as a V13 on his tick list.

Regardless of the grade, this would not be the first time Bosi has flashed V14. In early April 2022, he flashed Martin Stráník’s Charizard V14 at Sklapsko in Czechia during a session with Adam Ondra. In December, he also flashed The Dagger V13/14 in Cresciano, Switzerland. He has flashed five other V13’s as well.

In November 2022, Bosi sent Ephyra V16. The month prior, he ticked the world’s hardest bouldering grade with his repeat of Shawn Raboutou’s Alphane V17. In 2022 alone, Bosi climbed eleven V14’s, twelve V15’s, two V16’s, and one V17.

Dominik Bösch on Act of Grace and Graceland