News & Notes – 10/06/2009

News & Notes – 10/06/2009


It was no surprise that our boy Jeremy Collins and his partner Tommy Caldwell brought home the W, but they earned the hell out of it. They finished with over 52,000 points, beating the 2nd place team by 10,000 points. Tommy said afterwards that 24HHH was harder than his two-routes-in-a-day El Cap linkup, pretty crazy. His individual score alone beat our combined team score. Damn.

  • Dave Graham seems to be on his way back to route climbing form with his recent ascent of Abyss (5.14d) at Gorges Du Loup, France.  This was only his 6th 5.14a or harder in an injury plagued 2009.  By way of comparison, he ended 2008 with 12 5.14as or harder in the last 6 months of the year alone.  Here is what Graham had to say on his 8a card about the Abyss send:

I love when you don’t think you can climb something due to conditions, and you somehow rise above, and end up at the chains. Priceless. a wonderful climb, with technical tufa moves, especially as its one of the only natural climbs at the crag.

Dave Graham sending Abyss


Photo:  Joe Kinder

  • Speaking of routes 5.14a or harder, according to Adam Ondra has done 9 in the past week and a half, with five of them being onsights!  You can read an interview Ondra did with Planetmountain after doing the FA of an old Alex Huber project at Austria’s Schleier Wasserfall, Fugu (5.14d), by clicking here.
  • The brothers Huber (Alex & Thomas) were the first to free the route Eternal Flame (VI 5.13a, 650m) on the south face of Pakistan’s Trango Tower.  First done mostly free in 1988 by a German team featuring Wolfgang Gullich, the route resisted complete free attempts until the Huber’s unlocked the free climbing this summer.  Full details here, here, here and here.



  • Steve McClure recently joined the 5.14b onsight club in Rodellar, Spain…or did he.
  • Paul Robinson and Garbor Szekely repeated Prime Time To Shine (5.14b) at Clear Creek Canyon, CO.  Paul then ventured to Squamish with the hopes of repeating Dreamcatcher, but it looks like wet conditions prevented him from even trying.  You can read more about Matt Bosley’s attempts on Dreamcatcher here.


…And Videos

The lower part was hard, because they set the holes very far apart so that nobody could climb them. Well, they didn’t count on me!

  • And finally, here is the trailer for the upcoming video Colorado Glow, a “Colorado bouldering epic” featuring Jon Glassberg, Nate Draughn, Carlo Traversi and Ryan Olson.  Look for it October 15th at

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5 Responses to News & Notes – 10/06/2009

  1. opTIMistic October 6, 2009 at 8:59 am #

    i just want to state that i no longer get news on climbing from because it has turned into such a terrible waste of space on the internet. reading 3 entries on that steve mcclure debate kinda made me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

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  2. Eli October 6, 2009 at 9:58 am #

    Photos from the 24 hour comp are Here.

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  3. Paul Campbell October 6, 2009 at 11:45 am #

    Thanks for the link Eli , it was a bit hard to find the gallery from that blog, so here is a direct link for the lazy.

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  4. Luke October 7, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    “Hello to all.

    Oops. Looks like I used an invalid hold! When I came off the route I doubted the grade, not my ascent. I didn’t put myself down as a person that had on-sighted an 8c. News gets carried away and out of hand. Turns out I climbed the route using an invalid hold so the ascent is invalid. That’s fine and makes sense, it’s good to find out. I’m just pissed off that I was led a certain way and didn’t get the chance to on-sight this properly.

    However, I climbed the route following my nose and the chalk. There was a shrub less than a metre to my right with a well chalked branch and well chalked holds above it. It seemed natural to use it. I guess the only ethic is ‘are trees in or not’. It’s so rare to find them I usually say use what you can, use what nature gives. But that’s funny really considering half the holds there are made of SIKA. There was only one branch that could hold my weight, its not a massive tree. After a shake out I pressed on moving through a bouldery section to the top. I’d been on-sighting 8b’s and up to 8b+ that week and it felt similar to them.

    The forums make out that I basically climbed up a tree to the belay. I’m not a complete idiot, I’d have known if I’d bypassed the entire route! Though I didn’t see another method I am happy to admit that I might have missed a move, but it couldn’t have been much more than this. But whatever, the rule for this route is the tree is out. The net is good for stuff like this. And where would we all be without 8a to govern us all and tell us right from wrong?

    Oh – and somewhere it was reported I’d onsighted a bunch of 8a+ and 8a routes. Well the 8a and one of the 8a+’s were flash ascents. Better get that in before I get branded a total liar. And also I used a tree on a VS once.”

    – Steve McClure

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  5. allison October 17, 2009 at 6:56 pm #

    thanks narc for the shout out. i’ve read your blog for a while now, so it was awesome to be referenced in your post re: 24HHH. cheers, mate.

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