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Brad Gobright Sends Golden Gate 5.13 on El Cap

Brad Gobright has sent Golden Gate VI 5.13a in a 16.5 hour push for his third free route on El Cap this season in a day. Earlier this spring, Gobright sent Muir Wall via The Shaft and El Nino via Pineapple Express.

Gobright’s partner for Golden Gate and Muir Wall was Maison Deschamps, a 20-year-old climber quickly getting a lot of experience in Yosemite. Gobright attempted Golden Gate in 2016 without success.

The cruxes of Golden Gate include the 5.12c downclimb, a 5.13a pitch and the A5 Traverse at 5.12c/d. As the Yosemite season is just starting, there will surely be many more big send news coming from the valley.

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Just sent Golden Gate in a 16.5 hour push. This is the third El Cap free route I’ve done in a day this season and it was a tasty icing on the delicious cake that was The Shaft and El Niño. The majority of this season has been either wet or hot but I found that if I’m willing to climb through the night to avoid the heat, I can actually get a lot done. This spring has been an amazing season not just because of El Cap. The wet weather can be bothersome for climbing but it makes The Valley very scenic and it keeps the masses away. I owe a big thanks to @maison.deschamps who supported me on both The Shaft and Golden Gate. The kid’s only 20 but his bigwall endurance is amazing. This is a shot by @dankrauss taken in 2016 when I tried Golden Gate in a day and failed. @gramicci_climb @frictionlabs @evolv_worldwide

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