3rd Ascent Of Jaws II (5.15a) By Mike Foley

3rd Ascent Of Jaws II (5.15a) By Mike Foley

One doesn’t normally associate summer in the Northeast with conditions suitable for sending hard projects, but clearly no one has ever told that to 21 year-old Mike Foley.  Last summer in Rumney he repeated The China Glide (5.14d) and just yesterday he did the 3rd ascent of Vasya Vorotnikov’s Jaws II (5.15a).

According to his belayer Foley waited until later in the day for the route to go in the shade, but it was still somewhere in the 80 degree range when he sent the route.  Foley used similar beta to that which Daniel Woods used on the 2nd ascent, and he had this to say about the route on his 8a logbook:

Unsure about the grade. The way Vasya did it was for sure 9a+. My beta was very similar to Daniel’s. Regardless of the grade it still feels like the hardest thing I have ever done. Epic conditions battle. Sent in 80 degree weather. Redemption after a difficult summer.

Update: Climberism Magazine interviews Foley about the send

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3 Responses to 3rd Ascent Of Jaws II (5.15a) By Mike Foley

  1. JP July 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    So sick!!! If anyone has had a chance to go see the Waimea wall at Rumney and particularly the China Beach section, they know how incredibly impressive such a send is.

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  2. mike July 25, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    iphone footage of the send…


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  3. Cliffhangerguides August 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    Way cool! That kid is seriously strong!!!


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