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Weekend Whipper: My First Trad Fall

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Kevin Mertz drops off Davidson’s Dihedral (5.11+) at Paradise Forks in northern Arizona and goes for a stutter-stop, gear-ripping fall.

“I placed two red C3s (#1s) to set up for the crux,” Mertz writes, “but I placed them poorly in a flared section.” Both cams blew but a 0.3 C4, and solid
belay, caught his fall. “It was a wild ride,” Mertz writes.

Happy Friday and stay safe out there this weekend.

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