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Noah Wheeler Makes the Long-awaited 3rd Ascent of ‘Defying Gravity’

  • Almost exactly ten years ago, on November 16, 2013, Daniel Woods yarded on one of the world's least likely crimps and made the first ascent of Defying Gravity, a 20-foot-tall 60-degree boulder at Thunder Ridge in South Platte, Colorado. Almost exactly a year later, Jimmy Webb, who'd worked the problem with Woods and Austin Geiman a year earlier, returned and--using a heel-hook-to-double-clutch method that he described as "the most low percentage move I've ever tried"--made the first repeat of the problem. Originally from Pennsylvania, Wheeler started climbing competitively at age 8.
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