Sharma onsights 14b - twice !


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Sport climber
Silverado, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 23, 2008 - 08:14pm PT
So, this past week Chris shows up for some climbing at Maple Canyon and proceeds to first onsight T-Rex (14b) and then over the weekend to onsight Divine Fury (14b).

What makes this even more impressive is the fact that both of these routes (especially Fury) are pretty beta intensive and the climbing is made much easier by knowing when and where to use kneebars, drop knees and other such trickery. Chris climbed both of these without knowing any of this.

Maple is sometimes regarded as having somewhat soft ratings when compared to other crags across the country by most high-end climbers, but even factoring that in (if true) this is still pretty impressive.

It seems like many of America's top sport climbers are coming into a new level of fitness and are climbing harder routes across the board. I'll be curious to see what transpires in the next few years...

Trad climber
Sep 23, 2008 - 09:44pm PT
isn't T-Rex a contender for the longest roof for a sport route in the US?

Social climber
wuz real!
Sep 23, 2008 - 10:36pm PT
My best droog was there, working his 'proj' in the 'dream' (a mere .13)and Gf of Sharma sent it 2nd try. He could only shake his head and laugh
Dr. Rock

Ice climber
Sep 24, 2008 - 12:10am PT
Well, where's the video?

You mean Granite Jeezus shows up and you guys are standin there with your mouths agape and a thumb up the arse, sheesh, break out the jvc for chrissakes.

Trad climber
little blue truck
Sep 24, 2008 - 01:49am PT
Most impressive. I think T rex has something like 30 fixed draws.

here is a pic of the pipedream, I think someone is on a "shorter" climb here!

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Where I once was,I think?
Sep 24, 2008 - 01:54am PT
Siiiick Sh!t. Man

Boulder climber
Redmond, OR
Sep 24, 2008 - 05:40am PT
what?? he used his knees???
Eric at Petzl

Sep 24, 2008 - 07:11pm PT
Check out photos of Chris on Divine Fury here:

Social climber
wuz real!
Sep 24, 2008 - 07:14pm PT
I was present for the FFA of Blame Canada (aka 'Don't mess with Texas,') lots of clips (23, 27?) seemed like a less than 70' lower, but no one was measuring...

Trad climber
Sep 24, 2008 - 08:18pm PT
24 minutes on Fury? W/o kneebars? Guess he's not just a boulderer anymore.

Jumbo Love was obviously good training for Maple.

Sep 24, 2008 - 09:56pm PT

Trad climber
Sep 24, 2008 - 09:57pm PT
Thanks for the link Eric.

Sep 24, 2008 - 10:30pm PT
I thought T-rex was 14a.
Dr. Rock

Ice climber
Sep 25, 2008 - 02:33am PT
Man, thats a tough way to make a livin.

I can not believe all those slings, just unreal.
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