Metro Rock presents a trip of a life time, 100 days of climbing, driving and life style! Josh Larson, Cody Grodzki and Vincent Schaefer are Metro Rock employees and they team up with French rock star Charlotte Durif to tackle 100 days around North America. They start in Boston and make there way westward visiting; Rumney, Gunks, South Dakota and Squamish! With bad weather, breakdowns and a RV that has stopped at more than 50 gas stations across the U.S, they manage to do what they do best - climb, film and get cray! Enjoy episode 1 of this 3 part series and keep your eyes and ears out for the next one releasing the beginning of October!
The Metrorock crew is making their way down the west coast to Yosemite, Bishop and Red Rocks. The temps started high in Yosemite but getting lower and lower with each stop along the way. Granite to sandstone they take down many classics and even some not so classic boulders.
This video was shot and edited in May, 2014 during a short trip to the New River Gorge in West Virginia. Nick Duttle had an amazing trip to the New, completing his goal of climbing at least 10 routes rated 5.14 or harder. Hoax of Clocks was Nick's tenth 5.14 and he completed the climb on his second try. First ascentionist, Mike Williams, describes the route in his guidebook as, "One of the New's "last faces," this climb is historically significant as the first route to be legally bolted under the new management plan. Appropriately, this beautiful wall represents the final exam in Endless Wall face climbing." Local lore hints at the difficulty of this line. It is said that Chris Sharma and Jimmy Webb both failed to do the crux of this route on their respective visits.
This ascent is also remarkable in the sense that it happened on Nick's fourth day of hard climbing. On day 1, he sent another Mike Williams' route called Into the Sarlac (5.14b). On day 2, Mango Tango (5.14a), arguably one of the New's most beautiful routes went down,. On day 3, we headed to Summersville lake for an ascent of Journey Man (5.14b) at the Coliseum. The sweltering heat of day 4 was just a minor inconvenience, as Nick hiked up Hoax of Clocks (5.14) on his second try. This wrapped up one of the most productive trips the New has ever seen.
Many thanks to all the local climbers I met on this trip for their hospitality, help with the video, and their endless supply of motivation. It was truly a pleasure to spend my vacation at the New and I plan to come back as soon as possible. Huge thanks to Mike and Elissa Williams for their generous hospitality. And Laila, of course, for making some extra room on the couch for me.
Be sure to check out video of Mike Williams on the first ascent of Hoax of Clocks: