3rd Free Ascent Of PreMuir By Elias & Kerzhner

Rock & Ice caught up with Sam Elias after he and Mike Kerzhner did the 3rd free ascent of PreMuir (5.13+) on El Capitan in Yosemite, CA:

He fired it [the crux stem corner pitch]. Then, so did I. It wasn’t romantic. It was a nerve-racking nightmare. It required all my physical strength, as well as my mental resolve. This pitch always haunted my thoughts, and I felt that if we could get through it, we’d have a really good chance. We easily dispatched the next 5.13a pitch, and when the day was over, we were psyched.

Posted In: Asides, News, Traditional Climbing
Climbers: ,


Subscribe to the RSS feed to receive updates, and follow us on Twitter & Facebook

5 Responses to 3rd Free Ascent Of PreMuir By Elias & Kerzhner

  1. guidoprincess July 4, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    This is actually Mike’s 3rd free route on El Cap, but only the first time he has received any recognition in the interwebz climbing circles. Coincidentally, its the first time he climbed with a “celebrity climber.” Would any of this have been reported if Mike did the route with someone else less “famous.”? Mike happens to work a demanding full time job; climbing is simply a weekend gig for him. To me, thats way, way, way more inspirational than a pro climber.

    My advice is simple: Start with a level of badassness/interest/groundbreak-ness that you deem to by newsworthy and report on that no matter who does it. The current approach seems to be more like “Breaking news, Alex Puccio farts in a boulder field, The North Face microtweets that smell indicates gluten free diet.”

    GD Star Rating
    • matt July 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

      Like other sponsored climbers, it is Sam Elias’ “job” to publicize what he is doing, no matter how amazing/trivial. Some climbers seem to be better self-marketers than others.

      If Mike doesn’t want to publicize what he is doing, that is his prerogative.

      GD Star Rating
    • Narc July 7, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

      You and Mike should free the Nose just to test whether or not I will post about it

      GD Star Rating
  2. Oliver July 6, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Mike Kerzhner – related to Greg Kerzhner?


    Good genes.


    GD Star Rating
    • Kris July 8, 2014 at 6:11 am #

      Ah yes, little Greg. I remember when he climbed BOHICA barefoot… Fun times down at the ‘lode!

      GD Star Rating

Leave a Reply