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Dave Graham Gets 4th Ascent of Action Directe


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May 30, 2001

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What is next, or should I say what is left. While on a European climbing trip, Dave Graham made the 4th ascent of "Action Directe" at Waldkopf, Frankenjura. "Action Directe" falls at a solid (9a/5.14d). It was first climbed by Wolfgang Güllich in 1991, and has only seen two other ascents before Graham's quick work of the short yet powerful route. Unlike its previous ascentionists (Alexander Adler in 1995 and Iker Pou in 2000) who trained specifically for the climb, Graham climbed the route with about a week's work, about 20 tries in 6 days.

A very cool Flash presentation of the acsent can be found On Roberto Fioravanti's website.

Just to prove he's not a slacker, Dave has an impressive list of 8s he has ticked while in the Frankenjura. Among them include:
Action Directe, 9a (5.14d), Frankenjura.
Barracuda, 8c+ (5.14c), Kietsberg, 10 moves three bolts, very Rumney-esque power crimp route.
Best Friend Lets Go Surfing, 8c+ (5.14c), a beautiful project in Switzerland at the Boki that Dave sent after 6 days of work.
Biographie, 8c+ (5.14c) version, Ceuse. Dave didn't stop at the chains, but went to the next crux, and fell at the difficult pocket stab.
Powerplay, 8c (5.14b), Frankenjura.
Showdown, 8c (5.14b), Frankenjura.
Raubritter, 8c (5.14b), Frankenjura.
Downset, 8c (5.14b), Frankenjura. Two tries, same day as Action Directe.
Sundance Kid, 8c (5.14b), Frankenjura.
Elfe, 8c (5.14b), Grimsel Pass. Five tries.
Chronique de la haine ordianiare, 8c (5.14b), Ceuse. Three tries.
Line 1, 8b+ (5.14a), Frankenjura.
Ghettoblaster, 8b+ (5.14a), Frankenjura.
Stonelove, 8b+ (5.14a), Frankenjura. Three tries.
Bonshorno, 8b+ (5.14a), The Boki. Two tries.
Perpetually Stoked, 8b+ (5.14a) The Boki. Two tries, first ascent.
Raise the Roof, 8b+ (5.14b), Frankenjura. Four tries.
Subway, 8b (5.13d) 3 tries, Frankenjura.
L'amie de tout le monde, 8b (5.13d), Ceuse. Flash.
Deadline, 8b (5.13d), Frankenjura.
Precision Violent, 8b (5.13d) Ceuse. Two tries.
Castor, 8b (5.13d), Frankenjura. Two tries.
Bladerunner, 8b (5.13d), Frankenjura. Two tries.
Centre Court, 8a+ (5.13c) Frankenjura. Onsight.
Delicate News, 8b (5.13d) Frankenjura.
Onan der Masturbator, 8a+ (5.13c), Englberg. Flash.
Flake route? 8a+ (5.13c) ,Ceuse. Flash.
Thirteen 8a (5.13b) onsights in Ceuse, Switzerland, and Germany
Approximately 20 onsights of 7c+ (5.13a)'s.
Approximately 20 more 8a+ (5.13c) and 8a (5.13b) routes in a couple tries.

Ane now on to the boulder problems:
Sideways Daze, 8b (V13), Font. FA.
Mad Maxx, 8b (V13), Font.
Little roof, 8b (V13), Chironico.
Reve de Frere, 8b (V13), Sustenpass.
Maharadsha, 8b (V13), Frankenjura.
Zerburus, 8b (V13), Frankenjura.
Lointoine de Hueco, 8b (V13), Sustenpass.
Teen Spirit Traverse, 8a (V11), Sustenpass.
Salamandre Brione, 8a+ (V12), Sustenpass.
Pit bull, 8a+ (V12), Sustenpass.
Red snapper, 8a+ (V12), Sustenpass.
Serre moi fort, 8a+ (V12), Tessino. Two tries.
La Boule, 8a+ (V12), Cresciano. Three tries.
Frank's wild years, 8a+ (V12), Cresciano.
Freak brothers, 8a+ (V12), Chironico.
Surplomb de la Mee Bleau, 8a+ (V12), Font.
Partage, 8a+ (V12), Font.
Hybernatus S.D., 8a+ (V12), Font.
Radamahada, 8a (V11), Frankenjura.
Super platte, 8a (V11), Cresciano.
Green Thumb, 8a (V11), Chironico. Two tries.
Le Pilier, 8a (V11), Font. Two tries.
Unknown, 8a (V11), Chironico.
Duel , 8a (V11), Font.
Miserycorde, 8a (V11), Font. Flash.
Neverland, 8a (V11), Font.

Dave, you are my hero!

His buddies Jason Kehl, Luke Parady and Joe Linder are doing some climbing there too. Can you imagine what the total tick list will be when these guys get finished with their European vacation.

News Courtesy of and New England Bouldering.

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