Robinson Gives V16 to New Buttermilks Problem

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On March 30, Paul Robinson achieved the first ascent of a long-time project at the Buttermilk boulders in Bishop, calling it Lucid Dreaming. This line, possibly the second V16 in the U.S., sits on the Grandpa Peabody boulder, just left of Evilution (V12), and links a sit start into Rastaman Vibration. In 2007 and 2008, Robinson sent then-testpieces Jade and Terremer, both V15, but calls Lucid harder than anything he’s done before. He’s climbed over 500 days since the Terremer send and competed in both the National and World Cup Bouldering Competitions in training for Lucid Dreaming. Robinson has also spent time on Daniel Woods’ The Game in Boulder Canyon, CO, and is using its difficulty as a basis for his V16 grade.

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