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

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