The Gunks in New York has long been one of North America’s top climbing areas. Andy Salo, 33, has made the first ascent of Bro-Zone 5.14b, the hardest route at the Gunks. The hard line is a 17-metre direct start to Ozone 5.14aR.

Other hard routes at the Gunks include Survival of the Fittest 5.13a, Project X 5.12d, Happiness is a 110° Wall, Disorderly Conduct V13 and Genghis Khan V13. Salo has a number of hard Gunks sends to his name, including the third ascent of Planet Claire 5.14, which was established in the 1980s by Scott Franklin.

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