THUN­DER MUSCLE ( 5.14A), SEAL ROCK

Climbing - - FROZEN IN TIME -

Climber: Is­abelle Faus

First as­cent: Matt Samet, Ted Lan­zano; 2013

In 1989, Chris Beh, Chip Ruck­gaber, and Colin Lantz in­stalled an­chors atop this route with ev­ery in­ten­tion of re­turn­ing to bolt it, but then the hard­ware ban was im­posed days later. The trio cer­tainly had an eye for a line— Thun­der Muscle feels like a lime­stone tufa route from Spain or Ka­lym­nos trans­posed onto Flatirons sand­stone. While the moves are boul­dery and fierce, the route has two good rests: one at the “heart” at one-third height, and the other a no-hands be­fore the up­per 5.12c funk­fest. In 2016, Daniel Woods flashed the line, giv­ing it French 8b on his Face­book page— ooh-la-la, eez nice to be zo strong!

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