|Climber||Suggested Grade||Date of Ascent||Notes|
|Frédéric Nicole||8B+/V14||20th Aug 2002|
|Paul Robinson||8C/V15||24th Aug 2010||10 days of projecting|
|Adam Ondra||8C/V15||14th Aug 2011||4 days of projecting|
|Daniel Woods||8C/V15||13th Aug 2012|
|Ignacio Sánchez González||8C/V15||27th Jun 2015||Instagram post|
|Shawn Raboutou||–||1st Jul 2016|
|Vadim Timonov||8C/V15||24th Jul 2016||YouTube video|
|Nalle Hukkataival||8C/V15||24th Jul 2016||Facebook post|
|David Graham||8C/V15||14th Aug 2016||Instagram post|
|Charles Albert||8C/V15||16th Jun 2017||Sent in 5 sessions. YouTube video|
|Alex Khazanov||8C/V15||6th Jul 2017||3 days of projecting|
|Alexander Megos||8C/V15||10th Jul 2017||Instagram post|
|Toby Saxton||8C/V15||21st Aug 2017|
|Aidan Roberts||8C/V15||1st Aug 2018||Instagram post|
|Toshi Takeuchi||8C/V15||13th Aug 2018||YouTube video|
|Giuliano Cameroni||8C/V15||31st Aug 2019||Instagram post|
The notoriously difficult 14-move problem was put up by Fred Nicole in August 2002. At the time of his first ascent, Nicole awarded the problem the grade of 8B+/V14. Since then the route has had over a dozen repeats with the consensus being that the route is closer to the 8C/V15 grade.
As a result, the upgrading of Nicole’s Monkey Wedding problem not only makes it a contender as one of the harder problems in the Rocklands but also amongst the first boulder ascents to be in the 8C grade range.
Wall of Glory
Second Ascent: Paul Robinson
24th Aug 2010
Third Ascent: Adam Ondra
3rd Feb 2014
In the decade since Robinson’s first repeats, Nicole’s iconic problem has become a test piece for world-class climbers.
After Ondra, Daniel Woods claimed the fourth ascent in 2012. Woods mentioned that they found the problem “very mentally challenging”, partly due to the fact that the holds are so sharp that it only allows for a couple of burns during each session.
Woods wasn’t the only elite climber to struggle with the problem. Nalle Hukkataival, who eventually claimed the eighth ascent, had attempted the route over several trips to the Rocklands, although he faced skin issues due to the razor-sharp rock. Dave Graham also called the line one of his “ultimate global nemesis projects” after getting shut down for almost two weeks in 2015. He eventually managed to claim an ascent in August 2016, after discovering beta for the crux sequence.
Other noteworthy ascents followed over the years, including a 30-minute send from Alex Megos, and a barefoot top out from Charles Albert.