Caldwell, Mills Climb First 5.14 On The Diamond

Impressive:

Tommy Caldwell and Joe Mills have redpointed the first 5.14 route up the Diamond on Longs Peak, the premier granite wall in Colorado’s high mountains. The two free-climbed the full Dunn-Westbay aid line in four rope-stretching pitches, with an 80-meter crux second pitch (5.14a).

It’s also worth giving credit to Caldwell and Jonathan Siegrist who gave up their efforts on the route last week to assist with a nearby rescue operation underway to help a badly inured climber.

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3 Responses to Caldwell, Mills Climb First 5.14 On The Diamond

  1. THE menace August 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    how much of a difference was this ascent versus http://climbingnarc.com/videos/a-day-on-the-diamond-with-josh-wharton/ this one? i wonder. great job to all climbers who free a line at that altitude and difficulty. doubt i could muster 5.8 at 14000 feet!

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    • Narc August 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

      That is addressed in the Climbing article

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  2. Steven August 23, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    Cedar Wright has a video of TC working the route last year:
    http://vimeo.com/51980457

    An 80 meter 5.14 pitch at 13k+ kinda blows me away. That’s an impressive feat.

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