Courage High­way: A Four-Pitch On­tario 5.11

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Orient Bay in North­ern On­tario, north of Lake Su­pe­rior, has a num­ber of 100- me­tre walls next to High­way 11. For over 20 years, climbers have been adding new routes and up­dat­ing old ones. This fall, long-time Orient Bay de­vel­oper, and south­ern On­tario lo­cal, Steve Charl­ton re­turned for some un­fin­ished business. He joined Thun­der Bay climbers Aric Fish­man, Kyle Brooks, Cory McFarlane, Andy Noga and Dun­can Hutchi­son to com­plete a decades-old project and push it to the top of the wall. In the end, the team com­pleted Courage High­way, a four-pitch all-bolted 95- me­tre 5.11b to the top. “I re­ally look for­ward to more peo­ple be­ing able to en­joy a place I love so much,” said Charl­ton. “To see a route go di­rectly up the cen­tre of the wall and have the moves go at such an at­tain­able grade, is truly a gift from the rock gods.” needed only three tries to com­plete Jaws II at Rum­ney in New Hamp­shire. The hard sport route is one of only f ive in North Amer­ica, of which Me­gos has now climbed t wo. The f irst be­ing his Fight Club 5.15b in Banff. Af­ter his rare as­cent of Jaws II, Me­gos said, “That went a bit faster than ex­pected. I tried it twice, us­ing a few dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions. Then on the next go, I just did it.”

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