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Watch Send of Rad Four-Pitch 5.13c in Rockies

The new Canadian Rockies route was climbed by Miles Adamson and Zach Watson

Boatswain 2 is a four-pitch 5.13c that was recently sent by Zach Watson and Miles Adamson and was spotted by Watson earlier this year. “He hiked over a huge amount of gear to the top of the wall alone in two or three trips,” said Adamson. “including my 200-metre static line.”

Alex Fricker joined on a few days, but moved back to Montreal for university before the send. “During our first ascent, Zach sent the 5.13c pitch the first time he got through the bottom crux,” said Adamson. “He even flashed the last pitch after I worked out the moves. I’m really happy to share what in a lot of ways is his line. Even though we’re a team I feel like he carried us super hard.”

Last year, Watson and Adamson made the first ascent of Don’t Rock the Boatswain in the same amphitheatre, a six-pitch 5.13. “Zach Watson and I started bolting Don’t Rock the Boatswain in 2012, and it took five years to complete.” After the first ascent Adamson returned for the extension. “I’ve proposed a grade of 5.14b, which puts it among the hardest multi-pitch climbs in Canada.”

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Boatswain 2: The Steepening – 13c/R. Zach and I have done the FA of the route we multipitch we bolted in the early season!! I can't believe we actually sent it this year. It was maybe the last nice day Zach and I would both have off. The route is 4 pitches, 5.7, 5.13c/R, 5.13a/R, and 5.12c. Overall it's really wild. Multiple sections are super run out, due to the rock being too bad to put bolts in. Other sections are amazing steep limestone. The dichotomy of choss… an adventure route. The route still had my 200m static line and 2 other roles fixed. We cleaned it all and carried everything out in the dark. 40 draws, 410m of rope. My main pack was 70 litres of just rope, and both Zach and I had our bullet bags full, attached to the outside of our main bags. I'm destroyed. I have a lot of video to sort through, but can maybe get something put together by the weekend.

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