Daniel Woods completes first ascent of Mission Impossible (5.14d)

posted by dpm on 05/10/2012


Daniel Woods has made Clear Creek Canyon, Colorado’s Mission Impossible project a reality and proposed a grade of 5.14d. The route is located on the Wall of the 90’s and was first bolted by Jay Samuelson in 2011. The gently overhanging line is a full 30 meters. Jay artfully described it on Mountain project:

“Your mission Mr. Phelps, should you choose to accept it, is to ascend the sweeping gray, green, and orange face to the left of Interstellar Overdrive. This mission is wrought with dead-ends, danger, and misery for the few who dare attempt the Impossible. Your entry exam shall be slab climbing that is slightly overhung which will immediately deposit you into the crux; survive the mental and physical torture of the next two bolts and you might just breathe the rarefied air of the upper headwall. Don't breathe too easy though, as traps and tricks are waiting to spit you back to the realm of mere mortals. Should you fail, we will disavow any knowledge of you and your mission.”

Mission Impossible follows the dotted line. Photo: Jay Samuelson/Mountainproject

Daniel gave a more detailed description of the route to Climbing, also noting that he feels it’s his hardest route yet. That’s saying a lot considering he’s done Jaws II in Rumney, New Hampshire; a route given the mighty 5.15a grade. After some discussion and consideration of renaming the route Deathrow, Daniel decided to keep the original name of the route out of respect for Jay’s efforts at both bolting and projecting the route. Mission Impossible is currently the hardest route in Colorado’s Front Range, taking the title from Mourning Glory (5.14c/d) which Daniel opened just a few weeks ago. 

Route equipper Jay Samuelson working the moves on an early recon of the Mission Impossible project. Photo: Jay Samuelson/Mountainproject