Dave Graham: First Ascent of Bridge of Ashes (V15)

posted by dpm on 03/09/2013


Dave Graham has sent his project at Elkland, near Estes Park, Colorado. The problem, Bridge of Ashes, has been proposed as a V15. Dave has been working on the line on and off for the last year but was stymied by a transition. After sampling some other hard problems in the area, he focused in on this project and finally found a sequence.

On his blog, he wrote, "After a couple sessions, I was feeling good on the crux move. A massive slap of a terrible left hand slope/edge to a sloper with the right hand in full compression, involving bizarre feet, and a critical blind left-foot placement in order to set up and go for the slap. I realized I could do the massive move with my right hand even lower, enabling me to avoid the finger switch that plagued my old sequence. I resolved the section with a pinch, in the crack system, lower then where I was grabbing by three inches, and climbed the bottom section ( which feels V12 still ) up until the set up for the crux slap. I think it must be around 8b (V13), a very hard one at that, to link the heinous slap move, directly into the 8a (V11) outro."

Dave Graham on Bridge of Ashes. Photo: Cameron Maier/Bearcammedia/Island