Monday Dec 11, 2023

Fred Nicole Dances with the Demons

Fred Nicole was never simply an athlete. He was an artist.

Coming into bouldering via a different direction than you might think, Fred Nicole did indeed create art. Really, really difficult art. First, La Danse des Balrogs, the worlds first V13. But that merely opened a door to new possibilities. Moving in his singular style, he sought out new challenges, new boulders on which to be tested. Or was it the other way around? Was he the one doing the testing? After all, what is art if it isn’t interrogating the impossible and celebrating the imagination?

And where La Danse had traversed, there was another line, beckoning for Fred to go up. A harder line. Radja, the King. 

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