Climbing Magazine announced its 2008 Golden Piton Awards. Some of the winners included Chris Sharma for his send of Jumbo Love (5.15b), Beth Rodden for the FA of Meltdown in Yosemite, and Paul Robinson for his more than 80 problems rated V11 or higher last year.
As with last yearâ??s GP awards, weâ??ve prioritized vision (being the first, or interpreting old testpieces in a fresh, unflinching way) over volume, with an eye toward honoring those recipients who havenâ??t yet sat at the table. We know each selection wonâ??t be without controversy â?? we each have our heroes â?? but Climbingâ??s editorial crew sat down, talked to our sources, and wrapped our heads around the subjective animal known as â??climbing achievement,â? to bring you the trend-setting-sends and highlights of 2008.