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"Climbing To Bolt successfully requires doing almost every move perfectly," Groseth said. "You have to memorize every small movement and remember footholds that you can barely even see. Small mistakes were really mentally rattling. If I messed up something small down low, it was really difficult to shake it off knowing I had 100 plus feet of similar climbing to go to the top. ""My expectations were low," Groseth said of his successful effort. "I wasn't nervous. I just climbed to climb. I think most people climbing difficult routes can tell you about similar experiences. "It took Groseth months to recover from the demanding route. He reports that he's just now, nearly three full months later, starting to climb hard again and has started working The Big R, another Smith 5. 14a established by a Frenchman. Crank has an insult for everyone. The racial slurs fly, the F bomb is dropped more than in Glengarry Glen Ross and Th.
off simply because it hurt too bad. It took weeks of effort to condition my skin to be tough enough to make progress on the route. "But To Bolt poses other hurdles, too. Because the moves are so nuanced and reliant on exact sequences, climbing the 5. 14 route is also quite cerebral. It's like playing an intense game of memory while at your physical limit.
ng climbers walk right past it, he added, in favor of well known test pieces like, Just Do It, (a route which Palo completed in 2012). "It's been on my radar for about a year," said Palo, 30, of the new route. "It suited me perfectly. "The route, which Palo has dubbed Resting Bitch Face and rated at 5. 14 a/b, is very "bouldery," according to Palo, meaning it requires the type of powerful moves often reserved for short boulder problems. "Thanks to the gym (Bend Rock Gym) I've been really motivated," added Palo, who's included regular climbing gym visits to his weekly training regimen. "I think these routes are real attractive to boulder ers who want to prove themselves as roped climbers," said Palo. Also on Saturday, Palo witnessed Washington based Green Nike Air Force 1 teenager Sean Bailey complete Badman, a notoriously hard 5. 14a. Palo reports that Bailey nearly onsighted a 5. 14 (climbed a route on one's first try with no prior knowledge). Had Bailey done so, it would have been the first time a 5. 14 had ever been onsighted at Smith. "He looked so smooth was really impressed with his ability as style," Palo said.
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