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First Ascent of Blood Moon (V9/V10), Groom Creek, Arizona

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Paul Roberts shares his process of making the first ascent of Blood Moon in Groom Creek, near Prescott, Arizona.

“It is nearly impossible these days to be able to do a first ascent in Groom Creek,” says Roberts, “but this was one of the last big projects left over
by the previous generations.”

The new line links Moonlighting (V8) and Moonstone (V7) via a 20 foot long V5 rail.

As for the grade, Roberts is waiting for repeats to get a consensus, “but I think it lays around V9 or V10,” he says.