Matt Fultz Sends the Iconic Off the Wagon V14
He ticked the classic during his recent successful trip to Switzerland
Off the Wagon V14 (8b+) is one of the most famous problems in Europe. Bouldering’s biggest names of the past 20 years have all contributed to the development of the historic line, from Dave Graham and Chris Sharma, to Nalle Hukkataival and Shawn Raboutou. The boulder is located in the Bavona Valley of Switzerland and has a very odd start—climbers begin by standing on an old wooden wagon to reach the starting holds.
Graham originally found the problem in the mid-2000s and Sharma unlocked some key beta for the very powerful crux, but it was Hukkataival who got the first ascent in 2012, six years after first trying the problem. Since then, a V16 sit start variation has been climbed by some of the world’s strongest boulderers.
On April 2, American climber Matt Fultz repeated the Off the Wagon V14 while on a five-week trip to Switzerland. He just released footage of his send, which you can watch below. A few days before his Off the Wagon send, he made the second ascent of Vecchio Leone Sit V16.
According to his 8a.nu page, Fultz now has an impressive seven V16’s to his name. Vecchio Leone Sit was his first European V16. His six previous V16 ascents were all in the United States, his first being Hypnotized Minds in Rocky Mountain National Park back in 2020. On 8a.nu, he’s logged ascents of 19 V15’s, 45 V14’s and 109 V13’s.
Matt Fultz Sends Off the Wagon V14
Off the Wagon Sit V16 was first sent by Shawn Raboutou in 2018. Jimmy Webb and and Daniel Woods picked up the second and third ascents respectively. Guiliano Cameroni made the fourth ascent after an epic battle with the problem. It took him over 100 days of effort across six years to send. You can watch Raboutou’s FA below: