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New 5.13 at 12,000′ on Colorado’s Possibility Wall

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On July 2, 2008, Rob Pizem put up a new 5.13a route on the Possibility Wall near Mt. Evans in the Colorado Front Range. The Possibility Wall, or the P Wall, as it is less formally known, is located at an altitude of around 12,000 feet. Pizem established Down to Earth (5.13c/d) on the P Wall in September, 2007 (read the October 11, 2007 Newswire by Pizem). The new route, named Rocky Mountain High, is a two-pitch line with a crux 170-foot corner, which shares the first 100-foot pitch with Down to Earth, followed by a traverse across a ledge to the left. The second pitch follows a slightly overhanging corner crack, and ends with a slab before topping out. “The climbing is sustained,” Pizem said. “You may end up with a stem-type shake, but all the while your legs are pumping out. If you have a good hand or finger lock, then your feet are on bad terrain.”