Bouldering Is Scary: Watch 40-Foot ‘Roadkill’ V15 in Action

The film crew at Mellow was recently back in Val Bavona, Switzerland, to record a climb that was anything but mellow.

Shawn Raboutou’s “Roadkill” (V15/8C) is a big boulder problem with big moves. Sparse but distinct features create just enough for a desperate line and a nauseatingly tall climb.

Watch Dave Graham and Clem Lechaptois try to tame the beast, Mellow-style. Expect EDM, gymnastic climbing sequences, and attempt after attempt by two mega-strong climbers pushed to the limit of their abilities.

The essential beta for the highball: pull the hardest moves, and then transfer out of the steep section at 18-20 feet. Then climb the 20-25-foot slab top out.

Some call bouldering “pebble wrestling.” On the contrary, “Roadkill” is a behemoth.

Runtime: 7 minutes

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Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson is a staff writer at GearJunkie, and several other All Gear websites.

He has been writing about climbing, cycling, running, wildlife, outdoor policy, the outdoor industry, vehicles, and more for 2 years. Prior to GearJunkie, he owned and operated his own business before freelancing at GearHungry. Based in Austin, Texas, Anderson loves to climb, boulder, road bike, trail run, and frequent local watering holes (of both varieties).

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