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.”
“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.