I have nothing much to do at the moment – the book should be printed tomorrow and Saturday – so I thought I would upload some animated GIFs of Damian Cook bouldering that I have had for a while. I couldn’t use them in the book as they are too low-res. They were originally in a draft online guide that Damian put together but never published.
As many people will know, Damian drowned in Mallorca in 2004. He was based in Abu Dhabi from 1998-2002 and was essentially the first person (with his brother Dominic) to bolt sport routes in the region. After Dominic left, he developed the boulders in Wadi Khab Shamis almost entirely by himself. Before he was in the UAE, Damian and his brothers were amongst the first DWS pioneers, on the Dorset coast of England. Their “Into the Blue” guide from 1996 remains a cult classic in the UK.
Days Don’t Get Better (V7?)
Damo’s Traverse (V7?)
I don’t think either of these problems have had proper repeats. Both look very good.
February 2010 UPDATE: since I wrote this a few people have done Damo’s Traverse and consider it a bit of a path! My impression is that this may be due to a higher level of gravel in the base than before … I think Damian started further left.