Sarah Hueniken’s Huge Linkup

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Sarah Hueniken went for one of the big­gest linkups of ice/mixed routes in the Rock­ies in re­cent years. She said, “I at­tempted a long-time dream goal of mine, to link up No­pho­bia, a five-pitch M10+ WI3 with the six-pitch Cryopho­bia M8 WI5+ and the four-pitch Hy­dropho­bia WI5+ in a day. It felt un­re­al­is­tic with the two-hour drive, two-hour ski ap­proach and short day­light hours in Jan­uary, but one thing I’ve learned this past year is that noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble with the help of good friends.” She led Cryopho­bia and No­pho­bia clean in 11 pitches. “I was a pitch from the top of Hy­dropho­bia when a big wa­ter dam broke. De­spite it be­ing on the other side of the climb, I didn’t feel that the goal was worth the risk, so the linkup still awaits a full as­cent.”

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