Thursday, August 22, 2013

NEWS: Tommy Caldwell and Joe Mills Establish Diamond's Hardest Line (5.14a)

Longs Peak and the Diamond
Longs Peak, Mt. Meeker and the Diamond
Tommy Caldwell and Joe Mills have established the hardest line on the Diamond, rating their free version of Dunn-Westbay 5.14a. They climbed the route in four long pitches from Broadway, the major ledge that forms the bottom of the Diamond proper. According to the report on, the four pitches went at 5.10+, 5.14a, 5.13a, and 5.12b.

The original Dunn-Westbay route was put up in 1972 and graded 5.10 A3. Two years ago, Josh Wharton freed the line at 5.13b, though he took substantial variations on the first pitch. Caldwell and Mills wanted to free climb a line that was more true to the original conception of the route.

Visit this link to watch a video of Caldwell working the route

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