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Sam Tucker Onsights 5.13 Trad at Lake Louise

Calgary climber Sam Tucker is on a sending spree and has just onsighted Where Geezas Get Amongst It at Back of the Lake near Lake Louise.

The steep and technical 5.13a is an extension to Where Heathen Rage, a classic 5.12c. “Geezas” adds 15 metres of climbing just left of the obvious arete on the Air Voyage Wall in the Amphitheatre Sector.

There are six bolts, but to protect the route safely you have to place a lot of gear.

Tucker said he placed a lot of small gear, as the route follows thin holds and cracks. “Didn’t plug anything until I was at the top of that 5.9 crack,” he said.

When asked if he has much gear-placing experience, he noted, “No, very little gear background. That was my first route harder than 5.10 on gear.”

His onsight took 45 minutes and that it came a few days after his send of Flying Ants 5.14a at Acephale. A few weeks ago, Tucker ticked Existence Mundane, his first 5.14b, at Acephale.

With months of good rock climbing weather left this summer, Tucker will surely be making more big sends. He has been projecting one the most aesthetic and well-known hard lines at Back of the Lake.