Weekend Whipper: No Bolts = Huge FallsBy Rock and Ice | May 8th, 2014
Establishing first ascents is serious business … especially when no bolts are allowed! In this Weekend Whipper, we get an insider’s view into the process of climbing a trad first ascent in England’s Ilkley Quarry. After a quick toprope rehearsal, the climber racks up, throws on his helmet and goes for it. But just as he makes a tenuous move near the top – roughly 10 feet above his last piece of pro – his left hand pops and suddenly the climber is airborne.