Saturday, August 1, 2009

Mandala first July ascent? Chris Sharma

It is late July, and thundery clouds roll close above in hot humid air. The Buttermilks are pretty deserted other than a group of youths from the Yo! Basecamp summer bouldering class, all having an amazing time climbing with one of their heroes, Chris Sharma.

These kids are psyched. I mean psyched! What would they like to see? The Mandala ... ? Well, sure... But in this heat ...?

"I'll give it a go," says Chris, as a few heavy rain drops hit the ground.


Chris pulls on and, despite almost no warm up (one time up Saigon a half hour prior), he fires off The Mandala first go while the group of youngsters and some not so young look on in wonder!

Chris made the first ascent of The Mandala in Feb 2000. He has focused mainly on sport climbing for the last few years, establishing and repeating several 5.15 climbs.

Bishop: the land at the end of the rainbow!

11 comments:

-G.i.AM said...

I guess it only makes sense - I mean, he put up the Buttermilker in August, and repeated itt in the summer too

Dan said...

Those kids are stoked!

Anonymous said...

So does Chris use his old beta(on the Mandala) or a more standard method?

Wills Young said...

Same method he used on the FA. Though with the small pinch now gone, there is a flat crimp for the right hand, so slightly harder.

Anonymous said...

ridiculous

Anonymous said...

Sharma is conditions independent.

Luke said...

Classic. I remember the Buttermilker was posted up last summer after the camps.

Anonymous said...

i was there just up the hill bouldering when chris sent it. it was amazing and it was raining hard by the time he got to the top.

Wills Young said...

That's cool you were there. The Buttermilks were virtually deserted and the weather was hit-and-miss, hot, but rainy. I saw a couple other climbers stroll up past this huge group of youths with Chris. Must have been you. Pretty surreal scene!

Andrew said...

hey i was at the yo at the time.
man that i was behind wills when he took that picture

Joe said...

me too.
i was the one with the shirt off it was epic with the thunder and everything