Summer drytool-only routes are a new-ish concept in Canada and leading the way is Gord McArthur.
McArthur has visited some of the world’s most popular drytool-only crags, where climbers hang from tools year-round.
While the sport is still catching on and not for everyone, there are a number of climbers who only climb on tools, even during the summer months.
McArthur’s new route is at his recently developed crag in southeastern B.C and is called Oceanus D13, which he sent on the weekend while his friend Travis Norrie belayed.
“Such a fun route,” said McArthur. “The crux is a big lunge forcing you into an iron cross that is difficult to get out of.”
The route is one of the hardest of its kind in Canada and is only a warm-up for the “mega line” at the crag, which is likely one of the hardest, if not the hardest in the world like it said McArthur.