“The Deathstill Dihedral project had gone unclimbed for the better part of four seasons. Which is why when world class rock climber Mason Earle came to town I just knew I had to get him on it. Previously in this series Mason did the first ascent of the Hondo Roof Crack project at the grade of 5.13, onsight, and that blew my mind.
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“Having seen so many climbers fail on this dihedral problem I didn’t know what to expect. It’s highball and awkward and requires a very particular technique to send. Would he be able to put this boulder problem down at long last or would he be defeated like everyone else? There was only one way to find out. I hope you enjoy this rock climbing story about one of Joshua Tree’s best new boulder problems.”