Update: Arjan De Kock grabs the 3rd ascent of The Big Island, 8C

Arjan De Kock is pulling down hard and has repeated both The big Island, 8C, and Satan i Helvete assis, 8B+.  Arjan’s ascent was the 3rd after Pochon and Lucas Ménégatti.

Vincent Pochon’s The Big Island, at Coquibus Rumont, adds two physical moves to the start of Dave Graham’s The Island, 8B+.

I think I worked it on/off for 3 months, I used the lower holds, version opened by Vincent Puchon, it is the more logical start…”

** Update:  Arjan adds L’Apparemment en départ bas (8B) to his Font hit list yesterday, the following day he sent  Ubik Assis (8B)!

Arjan is sponsored by 5.10 and PrAna

Arjan De Kock on Big Island, Fontainbleau

Arjan on Big Island 8C

Arjan De Kock on Big Island, Fontainbleau

Arjan De Kock on Big Island 8c

Below:   Arjan attempting Big Island 1 month back.

L’Apparemment en départ bas   8b

8 Responses to Update: Arjan De Kock grabs the 3rd ascent of The Big Island, 8C

  1. Chris F Apr 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Nice one! Big Numbers going down!!!

  2. Dark Horse Apr 13, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    Mind blowing stuff it’s fantastic to see a South African right up there with the best in the world! Brilliant Arjan!

  3. Andrew Apr 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    I think this is the first time in history a South African has been AT the forefront in any climbing dicsipline, not just close but actually on par with the best in the world. He is not letting anything get in his way – NICE ONE ARJAN, WE SALUTE YOU!! Now for something uber hard on home soil!??!

  4. Guy Paterson-Jones Apr 16, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Awesome stuff! Very inspirational, keep cranking!

  5. hermann Apr 16, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Landmark stuff indeed! Wouldn’t it be cool if some of the big brands add him as one of their team athletes like Petzl or Black Diamond etc.?

    Hope Rocklands will see you soon. Black Eagle needs a new sit-start…

  6. Steve B Apr 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Inspirational! Fully agree with you Peddles – first time a South African is up there with the best in the world. Keep up the good work Arjan!!

  7. andrew p Apr 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Arjan will be in SA at the end of the month for a short while; he will be attempting to open a couple of hard projects…anyone who is good at making movies want to shoot some? Send me a pvt message if interested.

  8. Brian Weaver Apr 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    Arjan is a beast. He is always psyched and focused. It’s great to have someone as strong as him tearing up the origin of bouldering… Keep it up!

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