Carlo Traversi Sends Kryptonite at the Fortress of Solitude
Californian Carlo Traversi began rock climbing at 14 years old and over the last decade has amassed an impressive resume of hard sends.
In 2011, Traversi made the second ascent of The Game V15 in Boulder, CO. He’s also sent In Search Of Time Lost and Practice Of The Wild, two other hard V15s in Magic Wood, Switzerland. With a number of V14s and V13s, he’s one of America’s strongest boulderers.
On March 24, Traversi announced on Instagram that he’d sent Kryptonite, which was the first 5.14d in America and was first climbed by Tommy Caldwell.
The steep sport climb is in Colorado’s Fortress of Solitude where Caldwell’s unrepeated 5.15a Flex Luther is found. Traversi mentioned he and his partner Jon Cardwell took a look and made their way to the top.
Traversi wrote: “Established by Caldwell more than a decade ago as the first 5.15 in America, it hasn’t really been tried much since. Our first experience with the route yesterday was humbling to say the least. Multiple times we would be hanging at a draw looking up and yelling, ‘Where are the holds?!?’ But we battled through anyway. I solved a few of the difficult and cryptic sequences through the crux sections and Jon navigated his way to the anchors, getting draws on all the bolts. The battle has begun!”
Here is a photo of Traversi on Flex Luther taken by Mary Mecklenburg:
Watch Traversi send The Game V15:
Carlo Traversi • The Game V15 (2nd Ascent) from Born Denali on Vimeo.