News & Notes – 8/20/2007

  • A scary story that seems to be coming to a positive resolution is that of Ryan Sewell contracting the Hantavirus virus while climbing in Rifle, CO.  Unfortunately both Ryan and his friend Future Roden (who was camping with Ryan in Rifle) were to represent the US at the upcoming Youth World Championships in Ecaudor, however Ryan is still in the hospital and Future was encouraged to stay in the US for further monitoring.
  • Dave Graham is back in the US and he quickly added another 5.14 to his ticklist when he sent SuperTweak (5.14b) at Logan Canyon, UT.  That brings his total count of 5.14a or harder routes to an astounding 153!
  • 17? year old Scott Cory has been having a good month of August.  He has done 6 5.13’s and he has also sent his first two 5.14’s:  Millenium at Maple Canyon, UT and Steep Climb Named Desire at Donner Summit.
  • At this point, fast repeats and the like are not really all that newsworthy when it comes to what is happening in RMNP.  However, a V12 flash isn’t something that happens every day and that’s what Sean McColl did when he flashed Paul Robinson’s Riddles in the Park (V12).  He of course also made an obligatory repeat of Don’t Get Too Greedy (V13) which was just put up last week and already has 4+ ascents.
  • Check out the latest video at Dr. Topo.  It features two cool problems at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Grand Dragon and the highball Ruthless.

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