Northeast climber Matt McCormick takes a 35-foot, spinning fall to shirtless back-slapper on the R-rated trad line Wheelin’ N’ Dealin’ (5.13c)
at the Spider’s Web, Adirondacks, New York. Luckily, McCormick’s gear held!
Several broken holds and 20 falls later, McCormick clipped the chains to claim the FA.
In a Rock and Ice Spotlight, McCormick mentions his draw to difficult, hard-to-protect traditional routes:
“I really like the process of figuring out how to protect those kind of scary routes and then accepting the gear you can get and going for it. I like
the element of consequence in climbing, but certainly not all the time.”
Stay safe out there!