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Timothy Kang Sends Too Big to Flail V10 Highball

It's the eighth send of the monster problem in Bishop

Photo by: Reel Rock of Alex Honnold on FA

Timothy Kang, 21, has made a rare repeat of Too Big to Flail V10 highball in Bishop. The hard highball has been called a 5.13d free-solo; story about the highball vs free-solo discussion here.

The nearly 20-metre-tall problem in the Beehive area was established in 2012 by the calm and collected Alex Honnold; its crux is at half-height. In 2019, Nina Williams became the seventh climber to send, after Honnold, Lonnie Kauk (2013), Steven Roth (2014), Ethan Pringle (2014), Fabian Buhl (2017) and Nick Muehlhausen (2018).

Williams was quick to congratulate Kang, saying: “The highball process demands more than confidence; it’s an intuition of knowing your strengths and limitations, making yes-or-no, go or don’t go decisions. Tim knew he was ready and executed that decision beautifully. Nice job dude. For those few minutes, you were one flowing piece of the larger landscape, totally connected and tuned-in. It was truly a pleasure to witness.”

Kang is a Team USA climber who’s competed at IFSC World Cups. At the Pan-Am Youth Championships in Montreal in 2017, he placed third in boulder and seventh in lead.

Kauk on Too Big to Flail

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Lead photo: Reel Rock of Alex Honnold on FA