Kevin Jorgeson & Ben Rueck Attempt First Free Ascent of Sentinel West Face

In June of 1960, Tom Frost and Yvon Chouinard successfully established the first ascent of the West Face of Yosemite’s Sentinal—marking the third big wall climbed in America.

This impressive 2,000-foot wall, graded at VI 5.9 A5 hadn’t yet seen a free ascent when Kevin Jorgeson and Ben Rueck arrived at its base. This was due in part to a particularly challenging crux pitch, which Kevin discovered demanded an 8-foot dyno move. Once this key beta was unlocked, the pair felt confident in their ability to free the route (5.13).

The only question that remained:

Could they do it in a day?

Find out in this week’s Friday Flick Pick.

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