June 7, 2010 – UPDATE Townsend Repeats Squamish Testpiece
Update – Gripped Magazine has just learned that Jola Sandford got the second ascent of Bravado 5.13d shortly after Jim Sandford first climbed the route in 1991. JD LeBlanc bagged the third ascent in 1996 making Townsend’s ascent likely the fourth time Bravado has been climbed. Jola Sandford was one of the Canada’s strongest female climbers in the early to mid 90s with numerous difficult 5.13 climbs and a tick list that has yet to be matched by the current crop of top female Canadian climbers.
June 4, 2010 – Townsend Repeats Squamish Testpiece
Steve Townsend may have bagged the first repeat of the 20-year old Squamish climb Bravado 5.13d. The route is located on the massive Cacodemon boulder at the base of the Chief and was originally climbed in 1991 by Jim Sandford. At the time, Sandford was responsible for pushing the sport climbing standards in the area with routes like Young Blood 5.13a, Permanent Waves 5.13c and the eventual development of the Big Show Wall in the nearby Cheakamus Canyon. While Squamish is better known for its long trad climbs and challenging bouldering, routes like Bravado highlight the sportclimbing opportunities that also exist in the area.