Ben Spannuth: Golden Ticket (5.14d)

posted by dpm on 12/17/2011

This past week at the Red the scene was pretty bleak.  Gray skies and a high of 39 degrees yesterday made climbing nearly impossible.  It’s no wonder that nearly everyone has headed for warmer climates.  Only a few have stuck around in hopes of last ditch efforts at sending their projects and Ben was one of them.  He’s been working on the Golden Ticket (5.14d) for a few weeks now and with time running short before having to head home for Christmas in California he was starting to feel the pressure.  It all paid off in the end though as just around noon today he clipped the chains for the third ascent. 

Ben Spannuth on Golden Ticket (5.14d)  Photo: Khristian Lukianov

Adam Taylor claimed the first ascent in the fall of 2009 and Ethan Pringle followed with a second ascent in 2010.  The route saw a fair number of suitors this year but only Ben managed to stick it out for the send.  He’s had an incredible year overall, snagging his first 5.14d in Spain with Era Bella, and then his unforgettable day at the Red earlier this season when he climbed Fifty Words for Pump (5.14c), Southern Smoke (5.14c) and Omaha Beach (5.14a) in a single day. 

Ben on Fifty Words for Pump (5.14c).  Photo: Khristian Lukianov

Read a recent DPM interview with Ben here:

Check out some footage of Ethan Pringle on the Golden Ticket here:     

Southern Smoke (5.14c)  Photo: Khristian Lukianov

Thanks to Khristian Lukianov for the photos.  More of his photography including more pictures of Ben at the Red can be found at his Facebook page.