American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, Colorado, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, South Chasm View Wall, Goldberg Special, Shadowboxing

  • Climbs And Expeditions
  • Climb Year:
  • Publication Year: 2002

South Chasm View Wall, Goldberg Special, Shadowboxing. During two days in October Heidi Wirtz and I free climbed the lower part of the Goldberg Special on South Chasm View Wall, joining Astrodog for the upper pitches. The crux A3 aid pitch went free at around 5.13- and required triples of the .00 TCU. It’s likely the first 5.13 in this adventurous canyon. A few weeks later I returned with Jared Ogden and added a direct finish to the upper pitches of a mysterious aid route. After replacing a couple of 1/4-inch bolts, we climbed the 12-pitch line we call Shadowboxing, starting with the Goldberg Special crux and ending with a 5.12 direct finish that entails huge fall potential in 5.10 and 5.11 terrain.

Topher Donahue

This AAJ article has been reformatted into HTML. Please contact us if you spot an error.