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“My Idea of Fun,” 5.14c or 5.12d? Biggest Downgrade in Climbing History?

In the pantheon of hard Joshua Tree rock climbs controversy, big egos and slander go hand in hand.

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Behind every great route there’s a story, oftentimes larger than life and shrouded in mystery. My Idea of Fun, aka “Borne to be Wild,” established by the late Paul Borne in 1994, is one such route that has it all. Big number claims, spicy downgrades, unknown repeats and even a story about the literal practice of letting go in Zen Buddhism.


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