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Stefano Ghisolfi Sends Hardest Boulder of His Life

The top sport climber recently took a short trip to Bishop where he pushed himself on hard problems

Stefano Ghisolfi is one of the best sport climbers in the world, repeating 5.15c and putting up 5.15b first ascents, but he’s not particularly known for his bouldering. In November he took a short bouldering trip—his first since 2016—to Bishop, California, where he sent the hardest problem of his life, Goldfish Trombone V14.

Ghisolfi had previously climbed two V14’s—Belly of the Beast in Raven Tor, U.K. in 2014 and Gandalf il Grigio in Italy in 2012—but he said that Goldfish Trombone was his most difficult bouldering send to date. Yesterday, he released a video detailing his big send as well as his time in Bishop.

Although he was only in Bishop for four climbing days, he threw down a handful of other hard problems. On the second last day of his trip, for example, he flashed Last Dance V9 and redpointed three other double-digit lines including Center Direct V10, Kill On Sight V11, and Goldfish Trombone V14. The following day, he sent Thunderbird V11 and Direction V13.

Ghisofi, 29, is from Italy and currently lives in Arco. He has one of the world’s most impressive sport climbing tick lists. He’s climbed three 5.15c’s: Perfecto Mundo in Margalef, Change in Flatanger, and Bibliographie in Céüse. Originally graded 5.15d (9c) by Alex Megos, Ghisolfi downgraded Bibliographie to 5.15c. In 2022, he repeated Adam Ondra’s Move Hard 5.15b, and put up two 5.15b’s of his own in Italy, The Lonely Mountain and L’arenauta. A couple of weeks ago he sent Bombardino 5.15a in Arco.