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VIDEO: Mark Heal Makes FA of Holy Rails Sit (V13) in Tuolumne

Mark Heal makes the first ascent of Holy Rails sit, a variation on Holy Rails stand start established last summer.

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Mark Heal, of San Francisco, has made the first ascent of Holy Rails sit (V13) in Tuolumne Meadows.

Heal and Max Zolotukhin had established the stand start last summer. Zolotukhin nabbed the FA and Heal followed soon after, grading the problem a V11. The problem saw three ascents after that; Charlie Baker, Will Fraker and Josh Horsely.

The two worked the sit start for the rest of the summer, until bad conditions forced them to save the project for the following year.

“This summer we returned and put in more effort but it was too hot,” Heal wrote to Rock and Ice. “I waited until temps cooled and made a last push, sending October 4th, the Holy Rails sit, V13.

Heal added the problem to an already strong ticklist: almost 300 problems in the double-digits, including eight other V13s.


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