Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker made the first ascent of "Century Crack" 5.14b/8c

The British offwidth specialists Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker made for few years the first ascent of ‚Century Crack‘, a 5.14b/8c roof crack in Canyonlands, Utah. Following the ascent of the amazing offwidth line, they were introduced to a number of other projects in the area by the local Rob Pizem. One of this projects was a 50-meter roof crack that mostly involved crack bouldering close to the ground. In the final 10 meters, the floor dropped away leaving a roped section of climbing to finish on flat ground above. At the time it remained a project. Now, several years later, they’ve made the first ascent, each redpointing the monster line, named it ‚Black Mamba‘ and grading it 5.14b/8c.

„I looked up and for some reason I could see 2 cracks. That’s when I realised the final offwidth was stripping @tompaulrandall ’s boxer shorts from his ass. I could see one rock crack and one butt crack. I peered into the abyss and knew this was the key beta for the final wide section; kegs off = hip high enough = executing technique. He was well on his way to a successful ascent. A great trip down to Canyonlands resulted in the first ascent of Black Mamba 5.14b from us both. A boulder/trad 50m roof crack marathon.

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