Gaia | E8 Trad climb at Black Rocks

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A classic Johnny Dawes test piece. A hard move gains entry to the groove where easier (but scarier!) climbing awaits before a terrifying finale.

Contributors: remus

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Johnny Dawes
Added at 10:03 on 08 March 2023
Jean-minh Trin-Thieu
Added at 18:02 on 21 February 2021
Kevin Jorgeson
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Added at 05:07 on 14 July 2022
Alex Honnold
Added at 21:02 on 07 February 2022
Katy Whittaker
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Added at 09:12 on 01 December 2021
Mark Rankine
Added at 06:04 on 23 April 2023
Sean McColl
Added at 21:02 on 07 February 2022
Caroline Ciavaldini
Added at 18:12 on 02 December 2021
Siebe Vanhee
Added at 06:04 on 15 April 2022
Siebe Vanhee
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Added at 15:11 on 26 November 2021
George Ulrich
Added at 08:02 on 21 February 2021

Ascents

15 recorded ascents, including 2 unsuccessful ascents.

Climber Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Johnny Dawes Lead | worked Mar 1986
First ascent.

An impressive effort after minimal top rope practice.

Seb Grieve Lead | worked 5th Mar 1989
Second ascent.
Jean-minh Trin-Thieu Lead | did not finish 25th Oct 1997
Lisa Rands Lead | worked 2004
First female ascent.

First female ascent.

Kevin Jorgeson Solo | worked Nov 2008
Alex Honnold Lead | flash 12th Nov 2008

Not a true onsight since I've seen movies, but there was no chalk. Good times one way or another.

References

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYbRNt4GjXE

[2] https://www.planetmountain.com/en/news/climbing/alex-honnold-flashes-gaia-e8-6c.html

Ryan Pasquill Lead | flash 2009
Dave Mason Lead | flash Nov 2013
Katy Whittaker Lead | worked 3rd Nov 2013
Mark Rankine Lead | ground up 25th Jan 2015
Sean McColl Lead | worked Mar 2016
Caroline Ciavaldini Lead | worked 24th Dec 2020
Siebe Vanhee Lead | flash Nov 2021
Issac Buckley Lead | worked 15th Apr 2023
George Ulrich Lead | did not finish