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Mike Anderson Sends One of America’s Hardest Routes

Mission Impossible is an extreme face climb at the Wall of the ’90’s in Clear Creek Canyon, Colorado.

The line was envisioned and bolted by Jay Samuelson who gave it that name as a challenge to the climbing community.

Daniel Woods did the “impossible” first ascent in 2012, calling it the hardest sport climb he had ever done and thought it might be 5.15a, but declined to firmly rate it.

Lately, the grade has settled on “hard 5.14c” and it remains one of the hardest routes in Colorado and probably one of the hardest face climbs in the world.

On Feb. 15, 2015 Mike Anderson of Colorado Springs made the fifth ascent of the route. Mike is internationally renowned as an expert on training for climbing. In this clip, he discusses how he tailored his training to complete this Mission Impossible.