Aussies Crush in Hueco

posted by dpm on 01/09/2011


The desert seems to be the only dry place to climb in the US currently, so it would make sense that everyone across the globe is flocking there.  Although the climbers found there are diverse, there seems to be a large influx of Aussies who have invaded Hueco and are quickly dispatching every classic in sight.
Chris Webb Parsons in Hueco.  Photo: James Pearson
Chris Webb-Parsons was the first Aussie to launch a salvo.  Chris tore his shoulder last year while bouldering in Hueco.  Now fully recovered, he appears to be using this trip to seek redemption. The first problem on his list: Crown of Aragorn (V13) the problem which caused Chris’ injury last year.  Parsons quickly dispatched the line with his shoulder intact.  Chris followed up this feat with ticks of Terre de Sienne (V13/14) which is the stand start to Terremer (V15), Alma Blanca (V13), and a flash of Tequila Sunrise (V11/V12).  Parsons is currently working on establishing a left entrance to Terremer. The moves of the original line tweaked his shoulder a bit too much so he is considering an alternative method.
Another Aussie who is making waves is James Kassay.  Kassay, who has made quite a name for himself in Australia by establishing several hard classics, has also established an impressive tick-list.  Within the last week he has ticked Crown of Aragorn (V13), Alma Blanca (V13), and Esperanza (V14).