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Big Paw

Big Paw is a hard compression boulder consisting of 7 moves following up a blunt arete. It was first established by Dave Graham who went on to make the first ascent, followed by Dai Koyamada.








7 Moves

First Ascent

Dave Graham

Date of FA


Big Paw

Ascent Log

ClimberSuggested GradeDate of AscentNotes
Dave Graham8C/V1527th Nov 2008FA, Four days total on the route
Dai Koyamada8B+/V1412th Nov 2010
Adam Ondra8C/V1529th Nov 2010
Paul Robinson8B+/V141st Dec 2010
Micky Page16th Dec 2010
Sean McColl13th Nov 2011
Guntram Jörg24th Nov 2011
Daniel Woods24th Nov 2011
Toru Nakajima15th Mar 20148a Report
Giuliano Cameroni15th Mar 2014YouTube Video
Jan Hojer4th Feb 2015
Edward Feehally28th Feb 2017Instagram Post
David Firnenburg16th Dec 2017
David Fitzgerald5th Apr 2018
Eliot Stephens14th Nov 2019Instagram Post
Nico Pelorson8B+/V1413th Nov 2022Instagram Post
Will Bosi8B+/V14Dec 2022Video

Climb Profile

The Route

Big Paw is a V14/V15 (8B+/8C) the sit start variation of Boogalagga (V13), a compression boulder up the side of a blunt arête in Chironico, Switzerland. The 7 move boulder problem became a popular test piece for bouldering specialists receiving ascent from Dave Graham, Dai KoyamadaDaniel Woods and many others.

Paul Robinson on Big Paw ©Ikuko Serata

Wall of Glory

First Ascent: Dave Graham

27th Nov 2008

The problem was first established by Dave Graham in November 2008. Graham had made an ascent of Boogalagga four years prior, and despite spending an hour working the sit start variation, he left Chironico unable to link the sequence together. After returning in 2008, he spent three days working on the problem, before eventually making the ascent on the 27th of November and awarding it the grade of V15/8C.

Second Ascent: Dai Koyamada

12th Nov 2010

The next ascent came almost two years later at the hands of Dai Koyamada. Making an ascent of Big Paw was Dai’s main objective for this trip to Switzerland in the winter of 2012. The Japanese boulderer started working on the boulder earlier in the year on a trip to Chironico with Jon Glassberg, Connor Griffith and Carlo Traversi – the latter of which made quick work of the stand start variation. Koyamada mentioned that the route felt impossible without good temps due to the slopey compression moves, so left Switzerland without an ascent on that occasion. After returning later in the year, when the colder temperatures allowed for better friction, Dai managed to make an ascent on 12th November 2010, just before the bad weather set in.

Although Koyamada initially agreed with Graham’s grade of 8C, he later changed his suggested grade to 8B+. 

Third Ascent: Adam Ondra

29th Nov 2010

Less than three weeks after Koyamada’s ascent, Adam Ondra and Paul Robinson made a trip to Chironico to attempt the boulder. They made quick work of the problem, having only spent 3 days and less than 5 attempts at it. On the 29th of November Ondra claimed the third ascent, and a few hours later Robinson bagged the fourth.

Despite working the boulder together, Ondra and Robinson had varying opinions on the grade. Ondra agreed with the original 8C grade, mentioning it was one of the hardest boulders he attempted up until then, while Robinson thought 8B+ was a more suitable grade stating “in my eyes 8C is a new level of hard. It is so hard that it should take days and days just to figure out the moves. I feel like I did this thing way too quickly for me to give it the 8C grade.”

Adam on Big Paw ©Paul Robinson

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