Tom Randall’s new 5.14+ crack
Tom Randall has sent Pura Pura 8c+ (5.14c) in Italy’s Valle dell’Orco. The route links the bouldering traverse The Green Shadow to Greenspit. It is one of two projects Randall made for himself, the other is the Gondo Crack.
In July, 2013 Randall sent Anna Kournikova in Orco, one of the world’s hardest cracks.
Randall became well known after his hard sends, along with Pete Whittaker’s, in Wide Boyz and Wide Boyz II.
Greenspit was first climbed by Didier Berthod in 2003 on pre-placed gear and then in 2005 by placing his own gear. The route has a 12 m crux horizontal roof. In 2008, Nicolas Favresse got the second ascent.
From Randall’s blog: “Pura Pura links The Green Shadow and Greenspit. You climb all of Green Shadow with a rope on and then immediately press on into the amazing roof of Greenspit, with the crux lying in wait right at the end. All in all it’s about 25 m of extremely steep roof crack climbing and one that leaves your shoulders and core feeling like useless lumps of flesh hung on a skeleton.”
For more on Randall’s Pura Pura, visit his blog here.