August 05, 2009
I named it Livin' Large in the theme of the project name. Livin' Large is by far the hardest thing I've ever climbed and I feel confident saying that it's a proper 8C. Before this, I believe the most time I've invested into a single problem is 5 days. Another interesting thought that crossed my mind is that Livin' Large took me more days than Jade took me tries. That being said, the crux on Jade is a very powerful yet simple move, whereas the movement on Livin' Large is anything but simple. Apart from the difficulty, Livin' Large is pretty much a perfect boulder problem in my eyes and I hope the upcoming seasons other climbers will get as psyched to try it as I was.
July 06, 2015
What a day at the Champagne sector today! We got up early at 6.30 to give Jimmy Webb a spot and carry pads. Jimmy's been zoned in on climbing Livin' Large this trip and it's been really captivating following his progress and struggles on it, bringing back memories of my own experience with it. For the last few sessions Jimmy had been getting close, falling in the upper part. This morning when we got there a dry wind kicked up and the boulder was still in the shade. Jimmy did his warm up routine and like a Swiss clock pulled on the rock at 8.30. Knowing the moves all too well, he executed the bottom half perfectly. Watching him fight his way to the last move was like being up there again myself, except this time I was down on the ground spotting and hoping I wouldn't have to catch a big guy flying at me from 30 feet high. The intense moment culminated in a loud scream of relief grabbing the top jug; a moment I still remember like yesterday even though it's been six years. There's really something special about this boulder. Seeing Jimmy topping out and getting to share the experience was one of the best things in a while! Big congratulations again and I'll see you soon in Australia!