[VIDEO] Kevin Jorgeson and the first free ascent of grandiose Blue Collar, 5.13d
Another classic free ascent by the very strong American15 January 2020
Animated and motivated by the feat on the Dawn Wall, Kevin Jorgeson has also focused his attention on other great classics to be freed, obviously in the beloved Yosemite valley.
Dating back to 2015-2016, the first explorations of that became another great project by Kevin Jorgeson, the free ascent of superb Higher Cathedral Spire with a video recently published. On this impressive spire, Royal Robbins and Tom Frost climbed the Northwest Face for the first time in 1961, opening a grade VI 5.9 A4 route.
Jorgeson has partially resumed this itinerary and dedicated about 50 days, spread over two years, to find a variant that would rise to the top and work the various lengths.
So, accompanied first by the expert artificialist Ryan Sheridan and then by the multipurpose Ben Rueck, Kevin Jorgeson set off for the first free ascent of Blue Collar. As can be seen from the beautiful video, the route is imposing, majestic, extremely varied and technical. The first crack pitched, in perfect Yosemite style, are followed by others of enormous breath, dominated by the utmost emptiness and surrounded by a breathtaking panorama.
Unfortunately, during this attempt, Ben injured his shoulder and so Kevin had to return shortly afterwards, climbing all the pitches from the first and in one attempt, as ethics wants, thus making the first free ascent of the route.