Vikki Wel­don Sends Squamish 5.14a

Vikki Wel­don

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re­peated her part­ner Tom Wright’s Par­adise Val­ley route, Spirit of the West 5.14a in Squamish. Wel­don said after the climb, “Three years of ob­ses­sion, progress, fail­ure, doubt and hope all came to a head to­day. The wind blew, the rock was sticky and the crew was all time. Still wrap­ping my head around it, but my heart is full and my face hurts from smil­ing.” First climbed by Wright in 2015, it was re­peated in 2016 by Ben Harn­den and Jon Siegrist and again in 2018 by Son­nie Trot­ter. “Just sent one of the best routes in West­ern Canada,” Trot­ter said after his send. “Yes, that’s a bold state­ment, but it’s truly that good. Thank you, Tom Wright, for bring­ing this gran­ite mas­ter­piece to life.”

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