posted by dpm on 07/25/2011
The east-coast is suffering from one of the worst heat-waves imaginable. In most areas, temperatures have climbed up into the triple digits making hard climbing nearly impossible. Perhaps someone forgot to tell 21-year-old Mike Foley.
Mike Foley. Photo: La Sportiva
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Mike just grabbed the 3rd ascent of Jaws II (5.15a). The line, located on the amazing Waimea Wall of Rumney, New Hampshire saw its first ascent (after a key hold broke) by Vasya Vorotnikov several years ago. Its second ascent came last year by Daniel Woods, which you can see here.
Daniel Woods on the second ascent of Jaws 2. Click the image for video.
In order to combat the hideous temperatures, Mike waited until the line was in the shade before he began his assault but even at that time the temps were in the mid 80s, not suitable for sending anything other than 5.10a. After the send, Mike commented on his scorecard, “I am unsure about the grade. The way Vasya did it was for sure 9a+. My beta was very similar to Daniel’s. Regardless of the grade it still feels like the hardest thing I have ever done. Epic conditions battle. Sent in 80 degree weather. Redemption after a difficult summer!”
Perhaps hard summertime sends is a part of Mike’s training regimen as last summer he sent China Glide (5.14d) during the same, miserable conditions. Congrats Mike!