Paul Robinson made the first ascent of Lucid Dreaming, a line that extends Rastaman Vibration in Bishop, CA to make for one of the hardest boulder problems in the country, if not the world. Paul started working on the problem two years ago, but was unsuccessful. Returning to Bishop two years later, Robinson continued to struggle with the problem until he had a dream. In the dream, he called home and spoke to his father. He was at home in his parents’ house making short work of a wall filled with tiny pinches. He woke immediately. The night before he had celebrated his father’s birthday. His father had spotted him when he first attempted the problem, and passed away eight months ago. Paul left immediately for the problem. Rain was coming in, and the moisture in the air made the key pinch sticky enough to hold on to. He sent the problem on his second try that day.
The problem is tentatively being rated at V16. The only other proposed V16 boulder problem is Daniel Woods’ The Game. Woods and Robinson have a long standing friendship and competitive rivalry. Pushing each other on, they are testing the limits of bouldering.