Reclimbing the Classics: Mirko Caballero Climbing Grand Illusion (5.13b)

In 1979, Tony Yaniro established the hardest rock climb in the world, climbing a 40-degree overhanging crack in a dihedral at Sugar Loaf mountain in Lake Tahoe, California. He named the route Grand Illusion (5.13b). The route is now a classic testpiece for the elite trad climber. In the latest episode of Reclimbing the Classics, 13-year-old crusher Mirko Caballero faces off with Grand Illusion, and also learns the sordid history behind Yaniro's first ascent. 

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David Holliday commented on 24-Jul-2014 09:31 AM3 out of 5 stars
The first ascent of Grand Illusion was done with pre-placed gear.
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