|David Graham||8C/V15||5th Jan 2005|
|Dai Koyamada||8C/V15||12th May 2010||Original and low start (8C+ on 22nd March 2012)|
|Paul Robinson||8C/V15||8th Mar 2011||YouTube Video|
|Jernej Kruder||8C/V15||1st Apr 2013||YouTube Video|
|Carlo Traversi||8C/V15||25th Mar 2013||Featured in ‘Heritage’|
|Giuliano Cameroni||8C/V15||9th Feb 2014||Vimeo|
|Gabriele Moroni||8C/V15||18th Feb 2014||5 (+3) days|
|Toru Nakajima||8C/V15||12th Mar 2014|
|James Webb||8C/V15||25th Mar 2014||Instagram Post|
|Jan Hojer||8C/V15||11th Apr 2014||6 days over 1 year|
|Samuel Ometz||8C/V15 (Soft)||27th Dec 2014|
|Martin Stráník||8C/V15 (Soft)||17th Nov 2015||5 Days|
|Alex Khazanov||8C/V15 (Soft)||3rd Jan 2018||Instagram Post|
|Paweł Jelonek||8C/V15||28th Jan 2018||Facebook Video|
|Christof Rauch||8C/V15||28th Jan 2018||YouTube Video|
|Sebastian Cotting||8B+/V14||30th Jan 2018||80 sessions over 3.5 years. YouTube Video|
|Max Räuber||8C/V15||14th Feb 2019||YouTube Video|
|Martin Keller||8C/V15||27th Feb 2019||Instagram Post|
|Keenan Takahashi||8C/V15||12th Apr 2019||YouTube Video|
|Ryuichi Murai||8C/V15||30th Nov 2019||Instagram Post|
|Niky Ceria||8C/V15||25th Oct 2020||Instagram Post|
|Alex Megos||8C/V15||23rd Dec 2020||Instagram Post|
|Emil Abrahamsson||8C/V15||20th Jan 2023||Video|
Like a lot of iconic ascents, The Story of Two Worlds (TSOTW) is a boulder problem shrouded in controversy.
The route itself is a V15/8C, 21-move problem on the Dreamtime boulder, found in the popular bouldering area of Cresciano, Switzerland. The Story of Two Worlds is a sit-start extension, linking up 7 extremely crimpy V13/14 moves into Toni Lamprecht’s The Dagger (V14). It was the first confirmed 8C, after Fred Nicole’s Dreamtime problem (on the other side of the same boulder) had been downgraded to V14/8B+ in the years after his first ascent.
Wall of Glory
First Ascent: Dave Graham
5th Jan 2005
Second Ascent: Dai Koyamada
12th May 2010
Third Ascent: Paul Robinson
5th Jan 2005
In the years following Robinsons’ ascent, repetitions of The Story of Two Worlds boulder problem have started to be logged thick and fast.
Perhaps one of the most impressive repetitions came from Alex Megos. It only took the German a total of four days of working on the problem before claiming an ascent. The first two days were spent working on the beta and linking the sequence. Despite the rain on the third day soaking the end section of the problem, Megos made quick work of the bottom section, and came close to a send too, only slipping off three moves from the end. On this fourth and final day, he sent it on his first attempt after a quick warm-up.
Even today, the boulder remains one of the most iconic problem and the benchmark that 8C boulders are measured against.