With De­laney Miller on her First Multi-Pitch Ex­pe­di­tion

Gripped - - FEATURE - Story by Ben Rueck Pho­tos by Jeff Ruep­pel

Ex­hausted and sore, I clipped the chains and re­sent the first (and crux) pitch of the five-pitch Del­i­catessen 5.14a. My gaze tilted up towards the un­fin­ished 100 me­tres of slightly off-ver­ti­cal Cor­si­can gran­ite, then back down to the 50 me­tres be­low. Flex­ing raw fin­gers, specks of blood filled the folds, a me­mento from the constant pres­sure of pulling on thin sharp gran­ite crys­tals that com­prised the wall. I just wanted to lower back to the ground, curl up in the dirt and sleep. The team ar­rived late to the wall, the gru­elling 800- me­tre hike to the base of the route felt par­tic­u­larly badly that af­ter­noon due to a heat wave. Fa­tigue from the last month had built into our

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