Credit Where Credit Is Due?

Credit Where Credit Is Due?

Indulge me for a second as I take credit for Dave Graham’s latest V14 FA in Hueco Tanks…

Last week, after a successful season that included the FA of a handful of V13 and V14 boulders in Hueco Tanks and a solid 4th place finish at the 2012 Hueco Rock Rodeo, Dave Graham prepared for his last day in the park.  In a sign of the times, Graham took to Instagram Twitter to lament the end of the season:

Dude last day in hueco! Happy and sad!!!

@Dave_Graham_

Dave Graham

Dude last day in hueco! Happy and sad!!!
@Dave_Graham_
Dave Graham

To which I jokingly suggested he try the abusrd looking V13 Tale Of Two Gabors:

Tale of 2 Gabors or bust! RT @: Dude last day in hueco! Happy and sad!!!
@climbingnarc
ClimbingNarc

Graham dismissed this suggestion but indicated he was giving some last attempts on a hard project:

There was a problem connecting to Twitter.

So I gave him some words of encouragement which are words to live by really:

And then…Boom:

Sent the rig!!! Omg!!! #lastdaybestday!!!! Another hard one for the tanks!!
@Dave_Graham_
Dave Graham

The new problem is called Blood of a Young Wolf[1.  Presumably after this song] and Graham describes the new V14 like this on his 8a scorecard:

The black vortex project aka the Concrodia rig. A low start to one of two exits: a 7c+ version which heads right, or an undone left exit, which remains a project despite a massive onslaught of attempts from our posse.

An amazing problem with extremely burly moves on sloppy grips, I was lucky enough to send the last day of my trip, and had zero expectations to do so. This thing was the icing on the cake for my trip to the tanks this year. Next year, the left exit. 8c without a DOUBT

So yeah, I’m not sure how to interpret this in any other way than to surmise that I played an integral part in Graham’s success had pretty much nothing to do with this.  And here I had a name all picked out and everything…

Anyway, this problem may or may not appear in a forthcoming film about Graham, but you can get a pretty good taste for what Graham was up to in Hueco this season in this video of him on the FA of Where Love Goes To Die (V13).

Dave Graham on the FA of Where Love Goes To Die (V13)

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7 Responses to Credit Where Credit Is Due?

  1. Philly Cheese March 15, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    Way to go Narc, always thought you deserved more street cred!

    #lastdaybestday is going to trend like mad now!

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  2. ktmt March 15, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    First #1 climbing site, now this. Your power and empire grows! I hope @Dave_Graham_ gives you a cut of the royalties he earns from this problem. 🙂

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  3. mh March 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    so can i keep you on retainer for when i need to send, and what is your fee?

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    • Narc March 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      My agent will contact you

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  4. bearcam March 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    more footage from dave in hueco coming soon!!

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  5. Benjamin Eaton March 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Sounds like I need to tweet with you when I climb. 🙂

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  6. Colin P March 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    It’s posts like this that keep me coming to this site. Witty, egoless humor and a great perspective on the whole mess that is climbing. Keep killin’ it Narc.

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