This season I’ve put in a lot of time learning how to project big walls in Yosemite. It‘s not easy shuttling gear, fixing lines, ticking holds (A LOT of holds), and rehearsing moves on a 1,000 ft route, but it’s worth it in the end for the amount of knowledge and experience you gain in the process. After about a week of work, @jerrrrrrrrbs and I both managed to send “Final Frontier” (Grade V, 13b) on Fifi Buttress last Wednesday, which is a beautiful route put up by Dan McDevitt in 1999 that was later freed by @nikdingleberry and @james_lucas in 2013. It is easily one of the best free routes I’ve done in the Valley, with a lot of hard stemming, thin face climbing, and strenuous laybacking up a steep overhanging wall- it’s perfect! My friend @samuelcrossley took a bunch of great photos on the route, but unfortunately someone stole his laptop out of his van the next morning before he was able to upload them! Very disappointing, especially since Sam makes a living on photography and needs his computer to work, but either way, here’s a shot he took of me on the West Face of the Leaning Tower instead. On to the next one!
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