Watch Madison Marchuk with the second ascent of Mason Tessier’s new test-piece on the historic Hemingway Wall in Grotto Canyon near Canmore called Men at War.
Tesseir, who made the first ascent of the route in May, said on Sendage, “Really amazing to find this line and have it come together. Bit of a squeeze, but besides a few shared holds on Tropicana this route holds its own. Took many days to work out beta and was a real fight in the end. Hard to pin down a grade. 5.13b/c we will see where it settles.”
The Hemingway Wall has been the focus of local climbers for over 30 years. The first routes on the wall were climbed in 1985: Farewell to Arms 5.11a by Dave Morgan, The Importance of Being Earnest 5.12a by Sean Dougherty, Grey Matter 5.11d by Brian Balasz and Grand Larceny 5.10d by Andy Genereux were all done in that year and are all classics. Men at War is the hardest route on the wall.
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A lot of hype happening at Grotto Canyon this summer. With new lines going up and people testing themselves, I’m not sure Waterwall and Hemmingway have seen so much action in years. It’s quickly becoming the go to after work crag for many climbers. Been exciting watching all my friends trying hard and sending their projects on one of my favourite walls in the valley. Here is Johannes on Running Out of Room (12c) a new addition to the Hemmingway wall. 💪 . . . #climbing #afterwork #squeeze #climbing_photos_of_instagram #tryhard #sendit #grotto #grottocanyon #hemingway