5.14d's for Cardwell and Belhaj

posted by dpm on 05/19/2012


In Rifle, Colorado, Jon Cardwell has sent Bad Girls Club (5.14+). The route, located in the Wicked Cave, was bolted by Joe Kinder last year and has since seen four ascents by Matty Hong, Jonathan Siegrist, Joe Kinder, and now Cardwell.  More info about the route, an interview with Matty Hong, and photos can be found at the above links. Joe Kinder's ascent can be seen in the Stash video: "Rifle's Most Wanted." Click the image below for video.

Joe Kinder on Bad Girls Club (5.14d)

UKClimbing reports that Said Belhaj has sent the route la Guerre des Nerfs (5.14d) at La Verrière, France. Said reportedly stated that the route is a "hard 8c (5.14b) followed by an 8b/+ (5.13d/14a)." The sections are presumably split by a stressful kneebar which you can see in the video below. Click the image for video of Gérôme Pouvreau on the 2nd ascent in 2010.

Gérôme Pouvreau on the 2nd ascent in 2010