Watch Will Stanhope Free-Solo High Plains Drifter 5.11
One of the best routes at the grade on the West Coast
Watch as Will Stanhope free-solo High Plains Drifter 5.11c on The Chief in Squamish and explain his motivation for going without a rope.
Stanhope’s resume includes the first free ascent of the Tom Egan Memorial Route, a 13-pitch 5.14 on Snowpatch Spire in the Bugaboos, and an early repeat of Cobra Crack 5.14.
Read his story about freeing The Shadow in Squamish here: “This time, my feet stuck to the black lichen splattered crystals. The sky held mercifully held offfor acouple hours, as if to say, ‘go on, finish it.’
“The corner relented, giving way to Bellygood ledge, and the mossy slabs. When we ducked into the cedars and douglas firs the rain began in earnest. Driving the soaked Highway 99 back to Vancouver the next day the Shadow was soaked dark grey.”