Gary Newmeyer and Nik Mirhashemi have climbed their multi-year project on the Ames Wall in Telluride, CO.
The duo started the six-pitch, 225-metre, route in December 2014 and after three attempts sent it in January.
Belly of the Beast climbs the major feature right of Ames Ice Hose, “Passing through several chockstones and a few rock bands before joining up with an ice flow that can be seen from the highway up and right of the Hose,” wrote Mirhashemi.
The short first pitch takes on an M4 chockstone and short gully. Then continune up a chimney past more chockstones. Pitch three is the M6+ C1 crux. Aid was used to pass a large chockstone. The fourth and fifth pitches pack a punch as well, with hard M6 and M7R climbing.
The Classic Ames Ice Hose.
Ames Ice Hose and Belly of the Beast