In what has become the fastest back to back repeats of a 5.15a, Dave Graham has made the sixth ascent of Thor’s Hammer in Norway.
Adam Ondra was the first to send the 55-metre route at the Flatanger cave in Norway in 2012. This summer the route became popular when Alex Megos made the second ascent. Then it was Jakob Schubert, Daniel Woods and Ethan Pringle. The last time Graham sent a 5.15a was in 2007.
If you are wondering what it is like to climb Thor’s Hammer, Graham broke down his ascent on Instagram and it’s one of the better descriptions of the year.
“Somehow battled through the lowest crux, the wet holds sucked, five bolts of infinity, they’re tense, red-lining recovery, freaking out in the rest, kneebar number one, set forth onward, followed through in redpoint crux, into kneebar number two, realized current location, intense fear of punting poisons mind, fear of poison cleanses mind, focus is light blinding light, zone is acquired, operating space is available, full synchronicity in effect, zenny but hectic, slow motion and fast foreword, resting ritual complete, upward motion, there’s still energy, checkpoint, checkpoint, checkpoint, toe-hooks, foot jams, don’t forget the sequence, kneebar number three, un-sequence-able rail, you will make you fall, doubt, thoughts, sunset light, rock is gold, pupils adjusting, thoughts are gone, resting is over, movement, beta is forgotten, peace is chaos, the rail is shuffled, the heals lock, anchor is clipped. Elation is real.”
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