Thursday, November 29, 2007

Climbing 5.13 without a rope

Brian Smith (Reel Water Productions) and Todd Gillman, both part of the Range Life Team, and Steve Rogers (Bread and Butter Films) hooked up with me on my attempt to climb Young Blood, 5.13, without a rope on the Cakadaemon Boulder below the Cheif. The route starts 30 feet off the ground near Rurp Riot and Dream Catcher. We set up a trapeez net out in space below the route using a 30 ft circular high strength fishing net and industrial strength bungee cord. We climbed 40 feet up several trees to attach our bungees and connected the other bungees to rock anchors such as bolts and cracks. Everything was equalized and set up to stetch away from rock to prevent abrasion. Needless to say it was a bit of a rigging nightmare and took an entire day to set up.

Jumping into was some of the most fun I've ever had and falling off the route into the net some of the most TERRIFYING of my life. Well worth it though!!! I never did finish the route, the crux takes you out near the edge of the net, but it was sure fun taking huge whippers into space on your back. Thanks Steve for the rad shots taken with multiple flashes. The one picture where you can see the net is of Danger Dan Tetzlaff canonballing off the rock horn.

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