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Date of birth: August 1, 1989

Location: Richardson, Texas USA

Height: 5 ft. 7 in

Weight: 134 lb 

Profession:  Rock Climber ( Boulder)

First Ascents: The Process V16

Highest Boulering Grade: 8C+ ( V16)

Highest Redpoint Grade:  5.15b (9b)

About: Daniel Woods is an American professional climber who specializes in bouldering. He has established many bouldering problems in areas such as Magic Wood in Switzerland, Rocklands in South Africa, and in Rocky Mountain National Park in the United States.

"Being prepared gave me the confidence to not be as afraid and more in the zone. There is always that small margin for error, but if I were to let fear consume me in a negative way, without preparation, then I would of had a higher chance of getting hurt. I feel like you can manage fear and use it in a positive way to do something that might be considered “impossible.”


Daniel Woods sends"Manphibian 9a/5.14d." A route was put up by Andy Raether and is located at the "Roost" in Mt. Charleston. The breakdown is an intro 14c to the halfway point, followed by a 14a outro with a spicy slab finish.

Daniel Woods makes the third ascent of Grand Illusion V16, first established by Nathaniel Coleman. This is a power endurance climb where there is nowhere to rest and the crux comes down to being fresh enough to execute the last v9/7C move at the end. You have already climbed a v15/8C to this point.

Daniel Woods bags the First Ascent of "Return of the Sleepwalker" 9a/V17, his hardest project yet. Jimmy Webb established "Sleepwalker" (the stand start) back in January of 2019. The possibility of a sit-start arose in 2021. This sit-start would add in a 7 move 8B/v13 into "Sleepwalker" (8C+/v16). Grades can be fickle, but ROTSW stands as one of the hardest boulder problems in the world. Bobby Sorich did an awesome job capturing Daniel's process, emotion, and overall journey.

Daniel Woods battles "Blade Runner" 8C/V15. The crimp bloc opens with a 7c+/V10 that leads into a burly 3 move 8B/V13. The crux of the 8B/v13 involves taking a miserable left hand 3 finger button grip and doing a near iron cross to a right hand half pad edge. Connecting this sequence became a mental nightmare.

Daniel Woods makes the second ascent of Griffin Whiteside's "Little Richard" V14/8B+ , a Camp Dick test piece.

Daniel Woods made the First Ascent of "Defying Gravity" V15, a 25 feet tall, 58 degrees overhanging problem at Thunder Ridge, South Platte, Colorado. The problem necessitated explosive moves.

Daniel Woods made the second ascent of "Sleepwalker" V16, a Nalle Hukkataival project first sent by Jimmy Webb. Sleepwalker is one of the hardest climbs in the US. Only a handful of problems exist at that grade.

Daniel Woods has been a top bouldering and competition athletes for well over a decade. In the last few years, he has gradually begun to shift his focus to the challenges of sport climbing. Watch as Woods works through the classic test pieces in Catalonia to achieve his goal of climbing 9b (5.15b).

Daniel Woods and Matty Hong takes us on a bouldering journey through Ticino, Switzerland repeating some of the country's hardest boulder problems such as "Dreamtime"8B+/V14 and "Off the Wagon Sit" 8C+/V16

Daniel Woods makes the third ascent of Witness the Fitness (V15/8C ). Multiple holds have broken since the ascent of Chris Sharma and Fred Niclole making the climb harder.

Daniel Woods captures the First Ascent of "The Process" V16 in Bishop, CA

Daniel Woods repeats "Lucid Dreaming" 8C/V15 highball first established by Paul Robinson at the Buttermilks, Bishop. Alex Megos described this problem as " The crux is right at the start. No heel hooks, no toe hooks , no drop knees. Nothing. Just small holds and three moves."

Daniel Woods bags the First Ascent of La Force Tranquille V15/8C in Magic Woods, Switzerland.



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