FALLED ON ACCOUNT OF STRAIN
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.