Adam Moorad takes a ride on the Long Dong (WI 3) at Deep Notch, Catskill Mountains, New York.
"I should have taken a breather before starting,” Moorad tells Rock and Ice. "About halfway up, my arms started to go.”
He and his partner had been swapping leads all day, he says, saving Long Dong as the grand finale. By that point, his arms were fried. Near
the top of the climb, Moorad's instincts got the best of him and he tried to gun it to the top, when he should have instead sunk his tools deeper,
placed his feet in a good stance, and shaken out.
"I think you can tell from the video that I was a bit panicked and tried to climb faster instead of focusing on finding solid feet—never a good idea,”
he says. "As I attempted to top out, I had some trouble getting my tools in and started flailing. That's when I knew I was coming off.
"Fortunately it was a relatively soft landing and I avoided serious injury. Only my pride took a hit!”
Moorad belayed his partner up to that point, who finished the final ice curtain. "Then we got the hell out of there!” Moorad says.