Gracey Williamson has repeated Big Kahuna at Lion’s Head in Ontario. The vertical 5.13d was first climbed by legendary climber Jerry Moffatt in 1994 and is considered a test-piece at the grade.
“She worked it for a year,” said Gracey’s father, top local climber Greg Williamson. “She fell at the last bolt at the end of the season last fall then had to wait until now for it to be dry and have good conditions again.”
In Greg’s online Lion’s Head guidebook, which you can find here, Big Kahuna is described as: “The first route west of the rappel corner. This route is immediately west (right) of the rappel corner. A perfect route for the difficult face connoisseur, dynos, monos and lots of other things to keep you on your toes all the way (crux hold is really bad if it isn’t cold), also watch out going for fourth bolt, don‟t give too much slack.”
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Big Kahuna is found on the Lost at Sea Wall, where Gracey had previously made the first ascent of a 5.10a sport route called New Way Out, which offers an alternative way to exit the crag.
At the same time that Gracey sent Big Kahuna, her friend from Pittsburg, Augustine McDermot, repeated Maxi Pista 5.13c after a week of effort. Watch Gracey on Big Kahuna below.