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Alex Megos Flashes The Path 5.14R at Lake Louise

Alex Megos didn’t climb on Saturday, he rested to prepare for his project at Ravens Crag the following day. On Sunday, Megos sent Fightclub 5.15b, Canada’s first 5.15. The next morning, he headed back out to sport climb in the Bow Valley.

On Tuesday, Megos visited Back of the Lake at Lake Louise with a group of strong climbers. Sonnie Trotter knew that if anyone could flash his 2007 route The Path 5.14R, Megos could. And he did.

Within three days, Megos sent Canada’s first 5.15 and made the ninth ascent (first flash) of The Path 5.14R. Megos had climbed hard trad routes in the past, including Archon 5.13dR in the Frankenjura. On his first visit to Back of the Lake, he sent Tsar Bomba 5.13d on his third try.

Read Macadam and Tim Emmett sent The Path on the same day less than a month ago. The classic hard route has also been repeated by Ethan Pringle, Matt Wilder, Peter Kamitses, Miles Adamson and Tommy Caldwell. Listen to Megos talk about Fightclub on CBC below.