James Webb Sends Dreamcatcher 5.14d in Squamish
Top American boulderer James “Jimmy” Webb has made a rare ascent of Dreamcatcher 5.14d in Squamish.
The last recorded send was by Mike Foley in June 2017 and European Jacopo Larcher spent a number of days attempting it this summer.
Webb’s send is the likely sixth ascent of the burly traversing route on the Cacodemon Boulder in the forest below The Chief.
The first ascent was by Chris Sharma on Sept. 23, 2005, and it was repeated by Sean McColl in 2009, Ben Harnden in 2012 and Alex Megos in three tries in 2016.
“I’ve had many goals throughout my climbing but this route has always stood out to me among the rest,” said Webb on Instagram.
“Huge props to Chris Sharma for establishing one of the most aesthetic lines you’ll ever see. Sticking the finish jug was most certainly a feeling I will never forget.”
Success!! A couple days ago the cool air rolled through Squamish and I was able to satch up ‘Dreamcatcher’ 9A. I’ve had many goals throughout my climbing but this route has always stood out to me among the rest. Huge props to @chris_sharma for establishing one of the most aesthetic lines you’ll ever see. Sticking the finish jug was most certainly a feeling I will never forget! 🙏 Huge thanks to @kevintakashismith for the sick 📸 .. #lifegoals #travel #success #squamish #love @hippytree @fiveten_official @organicclimbing @metoliusclimbing
The 20-metre route with 10 bolts climbs a short slab before a dyno to a sloping rail with small slots before the finish crux around a corner.
The final few bolts are the last crux that have kept many top climbers from finishing the route.
“I made the hard move around the corner with my right hand and quickly brought my left hand to the pinch on the corner,” wrote McColl in his report after he second ascent.
“I lunged right to the crux hold and felt pretty good. I made room for my other hand to come in, then matched feet then did the move. My feet blew off as I was re adjusting my fingers on the hold but I still felt good. I pasted my left foot on the corner of the wall and threw into the next gaston. Two more moves and I was done. I moved my left foot to a higher smear in the crack, matched hands and threw for the final jug. I hit the jug and a stream of endorphins hit my body.”
Webb is one of the world’s top boulderers with sends of Creature of the Black Lagoon V16, The Wheel of Life V15 and his route The Outer Limits V15.
Watch this video of Chris Sharma on Dreamcatcher as seen in Dosage 4. The video has over three million views.