Drew Ruana managed the sit start of his own creation „Maxwell’s Demon“ in the Secret Garden in Colorado (USA). The American had already made the first ascent of the standing version in October last year and proposed V14 (8B+) for it. With the sit start, the difficulty increases to V16 (8C+).
So happy to have gotten this one done yesterday. After doing the stand in October I planned to return to start the line at the base of the seam. After getting a few other projects done earlier this month it felt like a good time to come back to this. The bottom adds a 7 move fingery, wrist intensive v13ish sequence directly into the start. I did the left exit last week and called it Schrödinger’s cat v14, happy that the full line went down quickly after! Feeling pretty strong right now, hoping that more projects that have eluded me for years will go down soon. Onwards and upwards.
In early February, he managed also the third ascent of the Daniel Woods line „Everything Gneiss“ (8C). A week later, he made the first ascent of „Fox and the Hound sit“ (8C).
Photo: (c) Paul Robinson