Dave Graham has sent Thor’s Hammer (5.15a), claiming the 6th ascent of Flatanger Cave’s popular testpiece. After several weeks of battling monsoon-like conditions, Graham pieced together the route’s stout boulder problem and linked to the anchor.
Graham also repeated The Illusionist (5.14d) during his stay in Flatanger. Before Graham, Adam Ondra was the only other climber to redpoint the route.
Graham posted this soliloquy and photo to Instagram, capturing the experience of sending Thor’s Hammer:
Somehow battled through the lowest crux, the wet holds sucked, five bolts of infinity, they’re passed tense, red-lining recovery, freaking out in the rest, kneebar number one, set forth onward, followed through in redpoint crux, into kneebar number 2, realized current location, intense fear of punting poisons mind, fear of poison cleanses mind, focus is light, blinding light, zone is acquired, operating space is available, full syncronicity in effect, zenny but hectic, slow motion and fast foreword, resting ritual complete, upward motion, theres still energy, checkpoint, checkpoint, checkpoint, toe-hooks, foot jams, dont forget the sequence, kneebar number 3, un-sequence-able rail, you will make you fall, doubt, thoughts, sunset light, rock is gold, pupils adjusting, thoughts are gone, resting is over, movement, beta is forgotten, peace is chaos, the rail is shuffled, the heals lock, anchor is clipped⚡️Elation is real!!!!!!! Thor’s Hammer [9a+] ascent number 6 #weareisland @island_io @fiveten_official @petzl_official @walltopia #trangoworld ?➡️@bearcam