Incredible Day for Daniel Woods at Wild Iris

posted by dpm on 09/22/2012


During what local climber B.J. Tilden is calling "the most ridiculous Iris day ever," Daniel Woods climbed four 5.14's. After his recent ascent of Wild Iris, Wyoming's hardest route, Moonshine (5.14d), Daniel returned for a high volume day to clean up more of the crags hardest. He started with a second try send of the classic Todd Skinner mono masterpiece, Throwin' the Houlihan (5.14a). The original route starts standing on a boulder and reaching out to the starting holds. After his send of the route using that start, he started from the ground and tacked on the three move V10 boulder problem to gain the starting holds for Throwin' the Houlihan low (5.14b).

Woods on his recent ascent of Moonshine (5.14d). The boulder used to reach the starting holds of Throwin' the Houlihan can be seen leaning against the wall below him. Photo: screen grab from video/Courtney Sanders

Up next was a walk over to the Rodeo Wave where he was able to flash Rodeo Free Europe (5.14a). Still not satisfied, Daniel then ticked off (2nd try) the link-up Genetic Drifter (5.14c) which, prior to Moonshine, was the Iris' hardest route. Genetic Drifter starts on Rodeo Free Europe and then trends up and left along the steepest part of the wave crossing through Atomic Stetson (5.13c) and Cow Reggae (5.13b). On his 8a scorecard, Daniel comments that this was his "best day of sport climbing with friends and inspiring routes."