Woods & Graham in Flatanger
February 16 2016
Norway's Hanshelleren cave contains the densest concentration of hard sport climbs in the world. It's not where you would expect to find two of America's strongest boulderers. In 2015 Daniel Woods and David Graham traded their pads for GRIGRIs, packed their ropes, and crossed the Atlantic in search of forearm pumps, kneebars, and Thor's own hammer.
Hard route, hard climbing - "Orbayu" with Nina Caprez and Cédric Lachat
"In the Naranjo de Bulnes section of Picos de Europa National Park, two Orbayus await. One is the characteristic mist, or thin fog, that often settles and clings to the mountainsides, soaking every tiny rock all the way through. The other is a daunting climb. At an elevation of 2000 meters, it winds upward for 500 more, over thirteen stunning pitches, a crux at 8c-, and overwhelming exposure." In the spring of 2014, Cedric Lachat and Nina Caprez made their attempt on Orbayu, where success hinged on an intricate and complex balance of the psyche.