The MoonBoard Master 2017 is the first climbing competition that will be simultaneously live streamed from MULTIPLE locations around the world. It’s also the first time YOU will have the opportunity to watch and climb the competition problems LIVE as they’re revealed. Ever watched a climbing competition and wanted to try the problems yourself? Perhaps you've even thought, ‘I bet I can top that..’. The chance will be yours, from 9 December onwards, on any MoonBoard with the MoonBoard Masters 2017 hold setup.
#MoonTeam athlete, Michiel Nieuwenhuijsen, climbs at Albarracin which has one of the best boulder areas in Spain. Within climbers, it is rated for the next best bouldering area in Europe, behind Fontainebleau. Albarracin is well known for it's ancient sandstone blocks that are solid and situated in a forest. Michiel climbs Muten Röshi, 8a+.
Posted: November 03, 2017
#MoonTeam athlete, Michiel Nieuwenhuijsen, climbing at Albarracin in Spain. Albarracin has one of the best boulder areas in Spain. Within climbers, it is rated for the next best bouldering area in Europe, behind Fontainebleau.
Albarracin is well known for it's ancient sandstone blocks that are solid and situated in a forest. Michiel climbs 'The Indian Secret Garden (direct)' which is at the beginning of the video, and then 'Mufasa', both graded at 8B.
Posted: October 02, 2017
As fall is on its way, I can't help and have to think back about this beautiful cold day, early last year.
Valle Bavona is an amazing place. It is remote and located far north in the mountains in one of the large Ticino-Valleys. There are just a few small picturesque villages like Sonlerto, which is well known after dosage4. So, not much there, but it is littered with huge granite boulders and stunning lines. Most of it is not climbable, due to choss or no holds. But then there are famous climbs: Dave Graham's 'Coup de Grace', 'Kings of Sonlerto', 'Off the wagon', 'Elysium' and 'Trigonometry'. All five start lines will make your jaw drop for sure when you see them for the first time.
'Heritage' is not freestanding as other lines, but nevertheless is a stunnig line with an amazing climb. Really powerful, still subtle with the various body placements and with a great move to the lip, followed by a few interesting slab moves (especially with ice-cold fingers), a bit higher above the ground. To make it short; a real must-do. Pure fun to climb.
The walk-in-start from the original start to 'Heritage'
After completing 'Heritage' from its original start, I wanted to have a look at a proper sit-down-start. Heritage has a 'walk-in-start'. That means you take the starting holds first and place the feet afterwards. But, you can grab the same holds from sitting (on a small starter pad; no big pads or stacking pads like in the old days) and you have footholds straight underneath as well. The crux now is to bring your feet from the start footholds to the very right where you need them for the big first move. After some puzzling and some sore ab-muscles, caused by the toe hooking, I found a very nice
#MoonTeam athlete, Miiguel Navarro, had an amazing day discovering the beautiful Vall de Boi, a valley in the heart of the Pyrenees, where he climbed at Cavallers bouldering. There are numerous climbing routes with different difficulties, all of which are granite.