The Northeast's Hardest Boulder Problems (updated 5/9/14)

As detailed in this blog post we have decided to resurrect our list of hardest boulder problems.  In undertaking the updating of this list, I was really impressed at how many hard problems have been sent since we last updated our list in 2003.  So many hard problems have been sent, that we have decided to eliminate V10 from the list and only list V11 and up.  Also, we are going to maintain the list for the six New England states (MA, CT, RI, NH, VT, and ME) as well as NY, NJ, and PA.  Where available we have included links to beta at mountainproject.com and videos on YouTube or Vimeo.  Please comment on our forum thread with updates, errors, or outright slander.  Thanks.

V14

V13/14

V13

  • Roses and Bluejays, Great Barrington, MA
  • Child of the Storm, Pawtuckaway, NH
    • FA: Dave Graham, repeats: Joe Kinder, Paul Robinson, Christophe Maschelein, Harry Robertson, Ty Landman
  • The Fly (ropeless), Rumney, NH
    •  FA: Dave Graham (with rope), Jason Kehl (ropeless), Repeats: Kevin Jorgeson
  • Double Down, Great Barrington, MA
    • FA: Dan Yagmin, repeats: Paul Robinson, Mike Foley, Daniel Woods
  • Full Sized Man, Farley, MA
  • Ill Saint, Pawtuckaway, NH
    • FA: Dave Graham, repeats: none? Problem may have broken?
  • Serendipity Movement, Bradley, CT
    • FA: ?, repeats: Dave Graham, Joe Kinder, Paul Robinson, Wes Megrath
  • Shoot to Kill, Lincoln Woods, RI (was originally V11 but has broken several times since the FA)
    • FA: Dave Graham (before breaks), repeats (post breaks): Ty Landman, Jake List
  • Busted Shadow Sit, Bradley, CT
    • FA: Dan Bates, repeats: Max Zolotukhin, Dave Wetmore
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Hunter's Rock, PA
    • FA: Chris Zweig, repeats: Zach Lerner
  • Agent Orange, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Paul Robinson, repeats: Phil Schaal
  • Sharma Problem, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Chris Sharma, unrepeated
  • Waiting for the Messiah Sit, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Vadim Vinokur, Bryce Viola repeat and suggests V12
  • Ghengis Khan, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Vadim Vinokur, repeats: Andy Salo, Ivan Greene, Paul Robinson, Matt Bosley
  • What Rhymes with Orange, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Paul Robinson, unrepeated
  • Corkscrew, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Andy Salo, unrepeated
  • Thrice, Unknown, PA
  • Under Lock and Key, Mt. Gretna, PA

V12/13

  • Triple Load, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Mike Feinberg
  • Further into the Forbidden Forest, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Paul Robinson

V12

  • Sit and Deliver, Pawtuckaway, NH
    • FA: Tim Kemple
  • Heart of Darkness, Pawtuckaway, NH
    • FA: Dave Graham, broken since the FA
  • Confident Man, Pawtuckaway, NH
    • FA: Dave Graham
  • Chunk O’ Blitz, Pawtuckaway, NH
    • FA: Dave Graham
  • Super Prowers, Bradley, CT
    • FA: Dan Bates
  • The Third Story, Bradley, CT
    • FA: Dan Bates
  • Serendipity Moment, Bradley, CT
    • FA: Dave Graham
  • Suspect Device, Bradley, CT
    • FA: Dave Theriault
  • Devil Eyes, Bradley, CT
    • FA: Dave Graham
  • Super Hepcat, Bradley, CT
    • FA: Dave Theriault
  • The Machine, Farley, MA
    • FA: Ken Majka
  • The Best Buy, Milford, MA
  • Satan's Choice, Rumney, NH
    • FA: Luke Parady
  • B-Boy Stance, Rumney, NH
    • FA: Joe Kinder
  • Fat Kid, Bolton, VT
    • FA: Brian Bittner
  • Touching the Sky, Smuggler’s Notch, VT
    • FA: ?
  • Wild Style, Central Park, NY
    • FA: Ivan Greene
  • Costra Nostra, Westchester, NY
    • FA: Bryce Viola
  • Muffins, New York
    • FA: Ivan Greene
  • Wetness the Fatness, Master Bedroom, NY
    • FA: Matt Bosley
  • Rectified, Master Bedroom, NY
    • FA: Matt Bosley, broken since FA
  • Bonfire Jams, Putnam County, NY
    • FA: Bryce Viola
  • Ghost of an Ant, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Tommy Durant
  • Lynn’s Traverse into Ryan’s Problem, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Ryan Durocher
  • Wheel of Buddha, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Char Fetterolf
  • Silent Ace, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Matt Bosley
  • Extra Bacon, Gunks, NY
    • FA: John Kuphal
  • Euphoria Sit, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Dave Graham
  • Cojiba Sit, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Ivan Greene
  • Corkscrew Roof, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Andy Salo
  • Bonsai Tamer, King's Ravine, NH
    • FA: Ben Hebb
  • Drama, Ice Pond, NY
    • FA: Ivan Greene
  • Luck of the Irish, New Jersey
    • FA: Chris Redmond
  • Work of Man, Beach Pond, Rhode Island
    • FA: Matt Giossi
  • Era of Lobotomy, Nine Corners, NY
    • FA: Evan Race

V11/12

  • Land Shark, Rumney, NH
    • FA: Dave Graham
  • Ty’s Route, Arcadia, RI
    • FA: Ty Landman
  • Mercury in Retrograde, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Jason Kehl
  • Lynn, Big Rocks, PA
    • FA: Chris Zwieg
  • Duece My Load, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Mike Feinberg
  • Yowza, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Bryce Viola

V11

  • Spectacle Illusion, New Hampshire
    • FA: Paul Robinson
  • The Owl’s Lair Project, Connecticut
    • FA: Phil Schaal
  • Fotowa Sit, Great Barrington, MA
    • FA: ?
  • The Optimist, Great Barrington, MA
    • FA: Dave Theriault
  • Party Wolf, Farley, MA
    • FA: Pete Clark
  • Belly, Bolton, VT
    • FA: Jake List
  • Cat Daddy, Farley, MA
    • FA: Josh Larson
  • Iron Lotus, Bolton, VT
    • FA: ?
  • Paralleologram Low, Band M, NH
    • FA: Tim Kemple
  • Chunk O’ Blitz, Pawtuckaway, NH
    • FA: Dave Graham
  • Rat Fish Dyno, Pawtuckaway, NH
    • FA: Dave Graham
  • Back at you with Realness, Pawtuckaway, NH
    • FA: Dave Graham
  • Brother’s Keeper, Hideaway, MA
    • FA: Joe Kinder (man have broken since the FA?)
  • Under the Big Top, Lincoln Woods, RI
    • FA: Tim Kemple
  • Miss Hyde, Lincoln Woods, RI
    • FA: John Glassberg
  • Pretty Bloc Swag, Pawtuckaway, NH
    • FA: Hayden Miller
  • Sphincteral Agony, Lincoln Woods, RI
    • FA: Zeb Engberg
  • Sister’s Savior, Happy Valle, MA
    • FA: ?
  • Lunar Eclipse, Smuggler’s Notch, VT
    • FA: ?
  • Blunt, Smuggler’s Notch, VT
    • FA: ?
  • May It Be, Smuggler’s Notch, VT
    • FA: ?
  • Truth and Lies, Smuggler’s Notch, VT
    • FA: ?
  • Deep Down n Dirty, Smuggler’s Notch, VT
    • FA: ?
  • Divine Providence (Stand to Chelsea Smile), Lincoln Woods, RI
    • FA: Matt Wilder
  • Due Diligence, Lincoln Woods, RI
    • FA: ?
  • Renaissance Man, Milford, MA
    • FA: Zeb Engberg
  • Stand and Deliver, Pawtuckaway, NH
    • FA: Tim Kemple
  • Ceadas, Pawtuckaway, NH
    • FA: Vasya Vorotnikov
  • Halcyon, Pawtuckaway, NH
    • FA: Justin Bourque
  • Suspect Device, Bradley, CT
    • FA: Dave Theriault
  • Tire Swing, Rumney, NH
    • FA: Ryan Torcicollo
  • Yo Yo Jimminy, Central Park, NH
    • FA: Brian Kim
  • Josh Lowell Problem, Westchester, NY
    • FA: Josh Lowell
  • Godfather, Westchester, NY
    • FA: Josh Lowell
  • Reckless Abandonment, New York
    • FA: Vadim Vinokur
  • War Cry, New York
    • FA: Ivan Greene
  • Crimps Direct, New York
    • FA: Josh Lowell
  • Diesel Low, Putnam County, NY
    • FA: Bryce Viola
  • Diesel Direct, Putnam County, NY
    • FA: Unknown
  • Drama, Putnam County, NY
    • FA: Ivan Greene
  • Super Sized Salo Salad Toss Sans Syrup, Putnam County, NY
    • FA: John Kuphal
  • Forbidden forest, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Paul Robinson
  • Hurt Locker, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Ivan Greene
  • Flight of Jizz, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Mike Feinberg
  • Fierce, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Brian Kim
  • Forget it Sit, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Paul Robinson
  • Multiverse, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Andy Salo
  • (Linkup). Mensa, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Matt Bosley
  • Venus in Scorpio, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Ivan Greene
  • Euphoria, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Ivan Greene
  • Double clutch sit, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Steve McClure and Tony Lamiche
  • Ryan's Problem, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Ryan Durocher
  • Scratch, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Ivan Greene
  • Levels sit, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Ivan Greene
  • 36 chambers, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Andy Salo
  • Hate Truffle, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Ivan Greene
  • Unconditional, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Ivan Greene
  • Gutshot, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Andy Salo
  • Taint to Tip, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Nyle Baker
  • Biz direct, Gunks, NY
    • FA disputed
  • Centerfold, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Nyle Baker
  • Nightmare Feast, Gunks, NY
    • FA: Tim Keenan
  • Sweet Bulimia, Hunter’s Rock, PA
    • FA: Chris Zwieg
  • The Hunger Artist, Hunter’s Rock, PA
    • FA: Chris Zwieg
  • Super Normal, Beach Pond, RI
    • FA: Lucy Humphreys
  • Hueco Nightmares, Lincoln Woods, RI
    • FA: Dave Graham, since the break: Lucy Humphreys
  • Sphinteral Agony Low Start, Lincoln Woods, RI
    • FA: Matt Giossi
  • Keep it Hid, Lincoln Woods, RI
    • FA: Matt Giossi
  • Mid Sized Man, Farley, MA
    • FA: Zeb Engberg
  • White Lines Sit, Bradley, CT
    • FA: Dave Theriault
  • Ballantine XXX, Bradley, CT
    • FA: Dave Theriault
  • Busted Shadow Stand, Bradley, CT
    • FA: Dave Theriault
  • Epic Battle Sequence, Bradley, CT
    • FA: Dave Theriault
  • Vicious Cycle, Bradley, CT
    • FA: ?
  • Bhante Pema, Coll’s Cove, PA
    • FA: Joel Brady
  • Andromeda, Great Barrington, MA
    • FA: Jacob Garlow
  • Epoch, Hideaway, MA
    • FA: Tyson Holub
  • Everything is Purple, Rose Ledge, MA
    • FA: Josh Larson
  • Press Your Luck Sit Start, Hideaway, MA
    • FA: ?
  • The White House, Waterville Valley, NH
    • FA: Dave Wetmore
  • Busta Mad Rhymes, Farley, MA
    • FA: Jeff Squire
  • Ubleck, Wendell, MA
    • FA: Ken Majka
  • White Veil Through the Mist, Agassiz Rock, Cape Ann, MA
    • FA: Joel Brady
  • The Sickle, Gymnasium, Cape Ann, MA
    • FA: Joel Brady
  • Darlin' Dyno, Bates Woods, CT
    • FA: Matt Giossi
  • Gnar Wall, Adirondacks, NY
    • FA: Ken Murphy

 

Downgraded and off the list

  • Something from Nothing, Great Barrington, MA (was V12)
    • FA: Joe Kinder, now V10/11? since crux hold was "aggressively cleaned" and new beta was found
  • Sit Start to Terrordactyl, Farley, MA (was V12)
    • FA: Tyson Holub, broken holds V9/10 from the sit start
  • Crouching Dragon, Gunks, NY (was V11/12)
    • FA: Matt Bosley, downgraded to V10/11