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Film on Top Climbers Sending New Big Yosemite 5.13d

Kevin Jorgeson worked on the route for years before he got the send

After the Dawn Wall, Kevin Jorgeson focused on Higher Cathedral Spire in Yosemite and established Blue Collar V 5.13d “I wanted an ‘anti-Dawn Wall’ project,” Jorgeson says in the film. “I just wanted my own little project to toil away on in the shadows … literally, this spire is almost always in the shadows.”

Royal Robbins and Tom Frost made the first ascent in fall of 1961 via the Northwest Face. Jorgeson followed The Frost/Robbins route until pitch seven, where it then follows a new line which includes a direct finish. Joreson and Ben Rueck nearly freed the route, but Rueck injurned his shoulder. He returned with Ryan Sheridan and led every pitch in a day.

“I’ve been going to the [Yosemite] Valley since I was 16, and I’ve never really given much thought to Higher Cathedral Spire … It’s like a skyscaper sticking up right out of the ground like a pencil. And it’s really big, and really proud, and really steep.”

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