Bullock and Boswell tearing it up in Canada

18 November, 2013

If you haven't picked up on it yet then Nick Bullock and Greg Boswell are making quite an impression out in the Canadian Rockies. Their latest headline grabbing ascent was a respective flash and onsight of the thin trad protected crack, Victoria's Secret Deviation, on the Stanley Headwall.

First climbed by Raphael Slawinski in the winter of 07/08 he graded it M7++, whatever that means.

Greg got the chance for the onsight after winning the 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' game at the bottom of the route. He wrote on his blog:

"After some time cleaning out the frozen and snowy cracks, I finally made it to the last few heart in mouth moves and eventually topped out with a huge smile on my face. I was super psyched to on-sight this route, as it meant a fair bit to me (and I think it was the third ascent). It was literally the photo of this route that made me want to come out to Canada three years ago and now I’m finally here!"
After that he stripped the route and then it was over to Nick, who dutifully flashed the route making it a team send... nothing better.

Earlier in the trip Nick and Greg climbed the amazing looking Rocket Man (VI M7+ WI5+) - that has seen few ascents - grabbed some early season action on Man Yoga (M8) and kicked things off with The Maul (M7).

You'll find lots of details and some great accounts with plenty of photos over at Nick and Greg's blogs. Gripped magazine have also been keeping up to date with the dynamic duo's adventures: Victoria's Secret Deviation and Rocket Man Climbed.

Nick and Greg have still got a week left out there so they've no doubt got more excitement planned.

Footnote: Clearly all that mixed and ice climbing can take its toll on your feet. If you aren't squeamish then watch this clip of Nick lancing his battered big toe - Facebook - you can sense his relief at 46 seconds!

Nick Bullock following the exceptionally technical second slab pitch of Man Yoga, Stanley Headwall. © Greg Boswell
Rocket Man on Mount Patterson takes the obvious line of daggers up the middle of the cliff in nine pitches. © Nick Bullock