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Yves Gravelle Sends V14 in Hueco Tanks with Fred Nicole Test-piece

He made quick work of the line opened back in 2001. "Perfect moves, no sharps holds on a near horizontal roof."

One of Canada’s strongest boulderers is currently climbing at the famous Hueco Tanks where he’s repeated a test-piece line.

Yves Gravelle said that he put in six tries over days to climb the classic 2001 Fred Nicole test-piece Esperanza V14. “I figured and clean the sequence on day one and got it first go today. It’s was awesome,” said Gravelle. “Perfect moves, no sharps holds on a near horizontal roof. The iconic history being the boulder makes it even better.”

Gravelle had a big 2021 with several first ascents, including Carnage V14, Low Miall’s V15, So What V15 and Turn & Burn V14. Watch his send of Carnage, Ontario’s most difficult problem, below.

“I’m in Hueco for nine days total,” said Gravelle. “It’s getting pretty hot. It was 29 degrees today and definitely challenging on harder climb.”

Nicole is one of the world’s most legendary boulderers, and he made first ascents of several other hard climbs in Hueco Tanks, including the first V13 in 1995, the first V14 with Slashface in 1997 and Terremer, the first V15 in 2005.


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