FALLED ON AC­COUNT OF STRAIN

Climbing - - PERFECT TENS -

There’s not much bet­ter than a bomber piece at the lip of a roof, but Wade Spiner knows that get­ting hor­i­zon­tal and hang­ing in there to clip it can be just as hard as ex­e­cut­ing the ac­tual moves.

Russ Raffa and Eliott Wil­liams’s 1977 two- pitch, 160- foot Falled on Ac­count

of Strain ex­em­pli­fies Gunks climb­ing. An 80- foot ro­pe­length of thin face on widely spaced crimps wan­ders up 5.9+ ter­rain to a be­lay un­der the three in­verted stair- stepped roofs. Hid­den jugs make hash­ing out the beta dif­fi­cult, and the pump builds while you weave through the roofs. The fa­tigue mounts quickly, so move fast or you’ll soon dis­cover the rea­son for this route’s name.

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