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Gobright on the Salathe


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Kyle Elliott · · Everett, WA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 580

Just saw on Jordan Cannon's and Brad's IG story that Brad freed the Salathe wall in 13 hours. Im not entirely sure but i think that beats Tommy Caldwell's time by 3 hours. Pretty incredible. 

TAGG C · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2017 · Points: 243

Brad is so sick.

Dillon Smith · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2011 · Points: 366

Get that man to a hospital.  

Caleb Schwarz · · Colorado Springs, Colorado · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 115

Absolute mutant.

trice Rice · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 0

In awe of the speed of this lad. Absolute unit

Auden Alsop · · Baltimore, MD · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 5

Just doing El Cap that fast is impressive, but then free?! Way cool

Abdullah Mourad · · Elk Grove, CA · Joined Apr 2016 · Points: 0

When folks talk about freeing the Salathe is that in reference to the "normal" Salathe route and not Freerider, which I understand mostly takes the normal Salathe route?

Peter J · · Davis, CA · Joined Aug 2017 · Points: 125
Abdullah Mourad wrote: When folks talk about freeing the Salathe is that in reference to the "normal" Salathe route and not Freerider, which I understand mostly takes the normal Salathe route?

When people say the Salathe, they mean the Salathe.

reboot · · . · Joined Jul 2006 · Points: 125
Peter Foster wrote:

When people say the Salathe, they mean the Salathe.

Yes, but it's not like the free Salathe route follows the exact aid line either, at least not by most parties who claim to have freed Salathe.

Abdullah Mourad · · Elk Grove, CA · Joined Apr 2016 · Points: 0
Peter Foster wrote:

When people say the Salathe, they mean the Salathe.

Mind. Blown.

Abdullah Mourad · · Elk Grove, CA · Joined Apr 2016 · Points: 0

Fair enough. Learned something new today.

Mark Hudon · · Lives on the road · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 415

Well, yeah, but a lot of people who free climb the Salathe avoid the 13 b/c pitch above the Ear and climb the Monster Offwidth 11a instead.

Personally, I believe you need to climb the 13b/c pitch to truly call it the Salathe. No one has ever claimed a Salathe Wall free ascent and avoided the headwall but numerous people have avoided that pitch and called it a free Salathe ascent. 

Mark Hudon · · Lives on the road · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 415

In a group of reasonable fit people, you would pick Gobright out as the guy who won his high school science fair. 

ClimbingOn · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2008 · Points: 405

Brad continues crushing. He just keeps getting better!

Mark Hudon · · Lives on the road · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 415

Avoiding the Headwall by climbing the cracks left and around the corner is officially Freerider. People have climbed the Monster and the Headwall and have called it the Salathe. I wouldn’t call it that. I believe the Salathe has had only five or six real free ascents since most parties do avoid the pitch above the Ear.
Avoiding a solid 5.13 pitch and a pitch that by most is considered the crux of the route doesn’t warrant calling it a Salathe Wall free ascent. IMHO of course.

Mark Hudon · · Lives on the road · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 415
Many parties have claimed a Salathe free ascent but have avoided the pitch above the Ear. When Skinner and Piana did the Salathe free they free climbed all of the original route aside from the Teflon Corner (which is a bit left of the original Salathe) and a pitch off of Long Ledge on top of the Headwall. Alex Huber, who did the second free ascent followed their line but free climbed closer (but not exactly) to the Salathe when he free climbed “The Boulder Pitch”. He then went left under the Headwall roof and freed those cracks on the FA of Freerider. 
Chuck Becker · · Portland, OR · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 10
Mark Hudon wrote: I believe the Salathe has had only five or six real free ascents since most parties do avoid the pitch above the Ear.

Do you know who else besides Skinner, Piana, and Alex Huber have freed it this way?

Mark Hudon · · Lives on the road · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 415

I know of only Jim Herson. I’m just assuming a few others. 

reboot · · . · Joined Jul 2006 · Points: 125
Mark Hudon wrote: Well, yeah, but a lot of people who free climb the Salathe avoid the 13 b/c pitch above the Ear and climb the Monster Offwidth 11a instead.

I was being deliberately nebulous, but yes, that's what I was alluding to. The teflon corner vs boulder problem preference at least mostly comes down to route condition, although only stating MO @ 11a is a bit misleading too as it's very physical and and adds a 12b traverse.

Mark Hudon · · Lives on the road · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 415

Ha! Yeah, I forgot about that section. It’s rated 11+ but I’ll take 12b!

Max Tepfer · · Bend, OR · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 1,655
Mark Hudon wrote: ...the Monster Offwidth 11a instead.

One of the best offwidth climbers on the planet seems to disagree: instagram.com/p/BMcIWrtg0UX…

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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