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Andy Raether Sends Old Project in Nevada at 5.14d

Andy Raether has made the first ascent of Manphibian 5.14d at Mount Charleston in Nevada seven years after bolting the steep line.

“I bolted this thing seven years ago and immediately gave up because it was way too hard for me.

“Today, after repeating the bottom 5.14c for the 13th time, I clipped the anchors of the full route.”

The first 5.14c section of the line is called Spyfiction and the full route is located at Robber’s Roost. Watch the first ascent of Manphibian below.

When asked about what styles of climbing he likes, Raether said, “The main focus of my energies in climbing is toward sport climbing.

“It is the siren song of getting my butt kicked that calls to me. With sport climbing I am able to really test my physical limits while also having a low risk of injuries…usually. I do however trad-climb, and boulder quite a lot.

“Most of the time if I am doing any type of climbing it usually is also in the process of putting up a new route. I have yet to have tried a climbing type that I have not liked. Having said that, aid climbing is scary.”