So It Begins In The Red River Gorge – Updated

So It Begins In The Red River Gorge – Updated

This could be a season to remember down in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. Some guy named Adam Ondra will be there shortly, and several big names are already on the ground racking up sends.

Jon Cardwell is on his first trip there, climbing 22 5.13s on his first try and repeating Fifty Words For Pump (5.14c) according to his 8a scorecard.

Daniel Woods is getting re-acclimated to the Red, sending Omaha Beach (5.14a) on his first try in 5 years (aftermath of the ascent above right) and making quick work of Southern Smoke (5.14c) and Thanatopsis (5.14a) according to his 8a scorecard.

The real news though comes from young Ashima Shiraishi, who has had quite the year with multiple V13s under her belt already. Shiraishi made quick 2nd try work of Joe Kinder’s favorite route, God’s Own Stone (5.14a), and yesterday she flashed Omaha Beach (5.14a), Bill Ramsey’s 130 ft. monster pitch out the Madness Cave. DPM caught up with Nick Duttle who has been showing her around:

On the ground before she started, I gave her a few tips about which holds to grab but it was pretty much an onsight.

Stay tuned…

Update 10/23/2012 – UKC has the lowdown on Cedric Lachat repeating Pure Imagination (5.14d) and The Golden Ticket (5.14d) with the former coming second go apparently

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29 Responses to So It Begins In The Red River Gorge – Updated

  1. routecrafting October 23, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    That UKC article also says Cedric “unsighted” Omaha Beach. I don’t know if that means he climbed it with his eyes closed, or what.

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  2. Guidoprincess October 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    I still don’t get why anyone is surprised that tiny, prepubescent girls exceptional at rock climbing, given its similarity to gymnastics and the demographic that excels at that sport. Do you guys also drop your pop corn watching the olympics, saying “holy moley, I cannot BELIEVE that tiny, flexible girl who breathes, sleeps and eats gymnastics beat out a full sized, life hardened, full time employed adult woman in the uneven bars?”

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    • ian October 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

      I’m not sure anyone needs to be surprised for it to be newsworthy: the fact is, V13 has been the sort of thing that only very strong adult men who work exceptionally hard and have a bit of genetic luck reach.

      The fact is, Ashima is the first to be accomplishing this, and it’s neat and noteworthy.

      And there is a disanalogy that makes it surprising (though, of course, not _inexplicable_ in the way your strawman finds it): the parallel bars are built for the average-sized gymnast, while the rock climbs Ashima is sending were put up by tall (to Ashima) dudes. The natural thought was: a little kid simply couldn’t reach between the holds. Ashima said “Screw that — there’s a bunch of tiny holds you guys never noticed.” That’s neat.

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      • Guidoprincess October 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

        I 100% agree that what she is doing is super impressive from an age perspective, a super young girl preforming at a top level.

        But, lets be real here, the climbs werent “put up” by tall dudes. The climbs were actually “put up” by the natural forces that shaped the rock. When ashima gets a pad and a half on the crux razor of some boulder problem, how exactly is she less fit to climb the route? It has been shown again and again that climbing is a tiny, skinny man sport. Look at the world cup, look at any crag, look in your local boulder field where the dude thats sending the v13 also looks like he is going to be blown away by a slight breeze. So why the argument that she is somehow at a disadvantage? Personally, id be way, way more impressed to see a 250 pound linebacker looking dude send the same problem.

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        • Greg Davis October 24, 2012 at 12:35 am #

          She’s less fit because there aren’t always features that are linkable by someone with a 4’3″ frame

          Why you gotta hate, son. Stop worrying about what kids can and can’t do and go do some rock climbing.

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        • turtles all the way down October 24, 2012 at 1:04 am #

          honestly, just to be real about it, it’s true i would be super impressed if a 250 pound linebacker looking dude sent the same problem. but personally i would be way, way, WAY more impressed if a 500 pound linebacker looking dude sent the same problem.

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        • owen October 24, 2012 at 10:42 am #

          There’s some big dudes who climb hard.. John Dunne from UK is one that springs to mind.. built like a beer barrel but climbing 5.13+ FAs in the 80s and 90s over potential death falls on gritstone

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        • Nietzsche October 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

          I believe his name is Jimmy Webb.

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    • Greg Davis October 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

      I wonder the same thing, I mean it isn’t impressive – there are SO MANY CHILDREN climbing V13′s, it isn’t even noteworthy. To stand out she would have to climb 5.9 wide, then (and ONLY then!) will she get my due respect.

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      • william October 29, 2012 at 11:17 am #

        dude, do you even know anything about ratings? V13′s are wayyy harder than a 5.9. learn to climb before you open your mouth

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grade_%28climbing%29

        look at the bottom, it’s a comparative scale of bouldering vs sport climbing difficulties

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        • joel March 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

          Troll accomplished

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    • yes October 24, 2012 at 1:06 am #

      but then again i drop my popcorn a lot

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  3. Gelu October 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    I think Lachat is Swiss.

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    • Narc October 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

      Thanks for the correction

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  4. Karma October 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    The title reminded me of this comic.

    http://xkcd.com/1022/

    It will be interesting to see what routes get climbed and how quickly over the coming weeks.

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    • Narc October 25, 2012 at 9:42 am #

      Pretty much

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  5. climb2core October 25, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Ondra was out at the Lode yesterday and sounds like he OS Omaha Beach. He was asked what he thought of the climbing mid route by another climber in the Madness cave and responded that the climbing was big jugs down low and uninteresting up top. LOL. Welcome to the Red.

    Narc, where are the hourly updates and iphone videos?

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    • Narc October 25, 2012 at 9:57 am #

      1) I work at a desk 500 miles from the Red
      2) It occurred to me when I thought about updating about Ondra’s first day that him onsighting a .14a is actually not remotely surprising or uncommon.
      3) I give him until the end of next week before he’s bored and ready to go somewhere else

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      • chris October 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

        You’re correct in that it’s not going to take him long to send everything worth his effort.

        It would be interesting to see if he looks at Sharma’s [speculative looking] line in the Drive By amphitheater. Or maybe he’ll find something else to bolt himself, even.

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  6. climb2core October 25, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    In response:
    1.) You are THE Narc. You should have op’s in the field.
    2.) It is noteworthy when Ondra onsights 14a in our backyard. Everyone expects it, and wants to hear it confirmed.
    3.) Yes sir, you are correct sir.

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  7. PBC October 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Who’s ready for Southern Smoke Direct to see a repeat? That, Golden Ticket and Pure Imagination are the only established climbs out that way that I can imagine will provide him notable resistance.

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    • Sp October 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

      Could pure imagination become the first 9a flash..?

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  8. sierrasteeps October 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    So does Ondra state what appears to be more and more obvious everyday? The power enduro nature of the Red can be trained for and, therefore, the routes may be a little easier then people thought they were 2-5 years ago? Lot of big numbers being OS or flashed or 2-3 try. Maybe our buddy Jens will add America to the list of “climbing areas” with soft grades. His bravely humble or humbly brave idol (AO) might just start the conversation

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    • Dan October 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

      Just because these routes see more onsights doesn’t mean they are easier than other routes of the same grade. It just means they are easier to onsight. The fact that they are power endurance routes is significant because the style of climbing is straightforward, not because it “can be trained for.” Any style of climbing can be trained for, and power endurance training in particular is not a new thing.

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    • chris October 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

      It’s not like 14c/d takes him all that much effort in places like Spain or, well, anywhere. He just hikes that stuff.

      Even if he onsights 14d in the red, it’s entirely plausible he would do that somewhere else if he had decided not to visit Kentucky.

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  9. Regan October 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    BOOM!! Southern Smoke Direct flashed!! http://www.dpmclimbing.com/articles/view/adam-ondra-flashes-514d15a

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  10. sierrasteeps October 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Oh Jens is going to have a field day with both the flash and the downgrade! Happy, Happy Norseman today. He’ll be sure to miss that a new sequence was found for the start, but will maximize the bravety and humbility of the ascent.

    More importantly, cool to see AO in town and crushing- wonder if the storm will push him out west for a little Jumbo Love or El Cap adventures? “Hey Tommy, I heard you’ve been working on a project… mind if I tag along?”

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  11. joel October 30, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    when did thanatopsis become 14a? i understood it was solid/hard 14b making sean mccoll’s flash at roctrip something of note

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    • Narc October 31, 2012 at 9:24 am #

      I think that’s just where the grade has settled after it’s gotten enough repeats

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