Possible 5.14c FA By Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson[1.  Not to be confused with his brother Mike who just recently repeated Mission Impossible], writing on his blog about the FA of a potential 5.14c in Colorado’s Clear Creek Canyon called Siberian Express:

I’m calling the route Siberian Express.  Based on my maintenance training I can confidently say that I was in top shape when I did it.  The weather likely extended the outcome somewhat, but considering my fitness and the twelve days required, I suspect it’s the hardest route I’ve climbed and warrants a 5.14c rating.  More importantly, it’s a great route.

Mark also did the FA of Double Stout at Clear Creek back in January at a proposed grade of 5.14a.

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4 Responses to Possible 5.14c FA By Mark Anderson

  1. Dave March 17, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    Weird title. Possible? Potential? I think it is 14c unless someone repeats it and suggests something else.

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    • Narc March 18, 2015 at 8:39 am #

      Post enough times about an FA being a certain grade only to have it subsequently downgraded 95%* of the time and you start to be cautious about the language you use

      *approximate

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  2. Perchance? March 17, 2015 at 12:37 pm #

    On the contrary, I think “potential” is a better reflection of a route/boulders difficulty until more ascents solidify a grade. Even then…its can still be pretty wobbly.

    Moral of the story: A hard route hath been vanquished. Before thou ventureth into speculation, perchance it wise to cast thine lot against the stone as well?

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    • Derek March 18, 2015 at 9:44 am #

      Yeah dave

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