Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 23, 2008 - 05:14pm 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...