Pete Lowe Claims First Ascent of The Shining Path (V13)

posted by dpm on 03/27/2011

 

In a recent interview with DPM that can be read here, Pete Lowe commented on an unclimbed line that he considered one of the top five most classic boulder problems in Red Rocks.  Just a few days ago, Pete claimed the first ascent of The Shining Path (V13). 

 

Pete Lowe on The Shining Path (V13)

 

In the interview Pete describes the problem:

 

The overhanging block rests forty minutes up Pine Creek Canyon on a water-polished slab of sandstone.  The line climbs straight up an overhanging arête of chocolate brown bullet rock.  The grips are sparse and the crux dyno off of a terrible sloping pinch to a sloping edge sits at around twenty feet.  After that you still have ten more feet of technical climbing until you’re standing on the summit.  It is the most breathtakingly aesthetic and intimidating line I have ever aspired to climb.

 

The first crux.

 

 

Check out video of Pete on an earlier attempt here:

 

All photos courtesy of Southern Nevada Bouldering.  More photos can be found at the Southern Nevada Bouldering site: