Mike Foley Repeats RI Testpiece

Paul Robinson on the third ascent of Chelsea Smile.  Photo from mountainproject.com

Paul Robinson on the third ascent of Chelsea Smile.  Photo from mountainproject.com

Yesterday morning, on a quick visit before work, Mike Foley sent the Rhode Island testpiece, Chelsea Smile, at Lincoln Woods.  First sent by Ty Landman in 2009, the problem (formerly known as the Super Project) has only seen two repeats since Landman's FA.  Phil Schaal sent it shortly after Landman, as the two had been working it together, and then by Paul Robinson on a quick visit to New England.  Landman originally give it a grade of V13 (8B) but, in a blog post for Moon Climbing, also said it could be V14 (8B+).  For his part, Foley commented on his 8a scorecard that the problem was probably V14 (8B+): "Finally!!!! A lot of days. For me, this feels like a step up from any other 8B I have every done. I'm hesitant to call it 8B+ but considering how long it took me and that it is exactly my style, 8B+ seems fair."

Mike Foley working on The Fly, 5.14d, at Rumney this past weekend.  Hopefully, we will have news to report on his send of this soon.  Photo by @maine08

Mike Foley working on The Fly, 5.14d, at Rumney this past weekend.  Hopefully, we will have news to report on his send of this soon.  Photo by @maine08