Fred Nicole was the world’s leading boulderer through the 90s. In 2014, he’s still climbing at the top of his game.
In 1996, Nicole made the first ascent of Radja in Switzerland, considered the first V14. He continued to climb strong and made the first ascent of several V15s.
On Sept. 29, 44-year-old Nicole reported on his Instagram that he repeated Nalle Hukkataival’s The Escapist in the Rocklands, South Africa.
Hukkataival originally graded the route V14, but Daniel Woods and James Webb downgraded it to V13.