Weekend Whipper: Masken (5.11b), Bohuslän, Sweden
When the gear is good, go for it---Lars would!
Climbing in Bohuslän, Sweden, is, according to the author of its page on Mountain Project, “one of the best kept secrets in climbing.” The granite is bomber and the cracks are splitter—the perfect elements to go for it on gear and feel reasonably confident that it’ll hold.
In this week’s Whipper, Lars tries to onsight Masken (which translates to The Worm), “a beautiful but short Swedish grade 7 [5.11a/b]” finger crack. “It didn’t go quite as planned,” Lars told Rock and Ice via email.
He soars almost the entire length of the route after coming off the wall. Face to face with his belayer, he let’s out a laugh (all the more maniacal sounding in slow-mo…). The two then high-five. Good whip Lars. And high-five from us to your belayer for a great catch!
Happy Friday and climb safe this weekend!
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