It was 20 years ago that Canadian Mike Doyle sent his first 5.14a with a send of Pulse near Squamish.
Just this week, Doyle made the third ascent of Blue Jeans Direct 5.14a on Yamnuska and has been ticking hard routes, such as Kurgo 5.14 at Planet X all summer.
Pulse was the first 5.14a in Canada and is many climbers’ first of the grade. It’s a powerful route with 14 bolts and was first climbed by Jim Sandford in 1995.
Over the past few months, Doyle has also climbed The Shining Uncut 5.14, War Hammer 5.14 and the East Face of Monkey Face 5.13R in Smith Rock.