American winter climbing specialists Steve House and Josh Wharton teamed up for a first ascent in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

House and Wharton have a history of climbing new and impressive alpine, ice and mixed routes. On January 14, House posted this to his Facebook, “Today I climbed a new variation to an old Jay Smith route called “The Demon” with none other than the greatest-climber-not-on-Facebook, Josh Wharton. Here is a shot of Josh sending the crux second-pitch of our new direct-start to Jay’s fabulous route.”

Here is the photo Steve House was referring to:

Josh Wharton on Hairy Devil Photo Steve House

Josh Wharton on Hairy Devil Photo Steve House

Hairy Devil tops out next to The Talisman WI6, M6, which is a Ouray classic mixed climb.

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The first pitch is M6R and stretches to 60 metres. The second pitch is M6/7 and also 60 metres. The final pitch is a traverse to the trees on top of The Talisman.

Hairy Devil topo by Steve House  Source Mountain Project

Hairy Devil topo by Steve House Source Mountain Project

For a complete write-up by House, visit Mountain Project.

Follow House on Twitter here.


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