posted by dpm on 11/27/2012
After a fall season spent in Yosemite Valley, Jonathan Siegrist returned to Colorado for a quick takedown of the 2nd ascent of Mission Impossible (5.14). The route, located on the Wall of the 90's in Clear Creek Canyon, was originally bolted two years ago by Jay Samuelson. Daniel Woods claimed the first ascent in May of this year and proposed a grade of 5.14d.
Siegrist describes the route on his blog: "There are two obvious boulder problems separated by a good rest. The lower boulder problem is very tensiony and sustained on a mix of bad sloping holds and some crimps with generally poor feet. A solid rest breaks up the climb, before the upper boulder which is defined by a strenuous undercling move, some bad feet and a finishing sequence with a gnarly razorblade edge and a mega high heel hook / lock-off to a crimp. The route is not easy to suss out and the style is such that you're kind of always on edge."
As for the grade, Siegrist pitched in his thoughts comparing it specifically to other Colorado routes. "It's for sure a burly climb, however, compared to classic front range test-pieces like 'Vogue' and 'Grand Ol Opry' (both 14b - be it old school, hard ass 14b) it's tough for me to suggest this route is too much harder. So I suppose it's 14c? or wicked hard burly Colorado 14b? Whatever, who really cares? It's a cool route, and a great addition to the front range on Jay and Daniel's part. Nice work fellas! "
Click the image below for video of Daniel Woods on the first ascent. The following video is a Stash video so you must be logged in to view it, however, you do not need to be a member of the Stash. Simply log in when prompted after clicking through. If you don't have a DPM account, create one here.