Monday, March 7, 2011

Dan Mills, Sad Boulders Project (v11?)

Dan Mills has reported an ascent of a long-standing project at the Sad Boulders, suggesting v11. I say project.... At least I don't know of anyone who has climbed it--but if someone knows different, I hope they'll post a comment. It is an obvious line on a giant block facing south and the first really big boulder just off the path, a couple hundred yards up from the lower parking on Chalk Bluff Road. It's a proud line, in fact, and may have gone unclimbed this long due to its orientation (it faces the sun and heats up even on cool days), and also, of course, it is pretty hard.



Here's another angle added later (see comments):

17 comments:

Dylin Cordova said...

This is great to here. I was climbing pretty frequently with dan in the gym before i moved to nm and he was having a hard time getting back in to shape but we kept motivating him and he never gave up; it sounds to me like its paid off. Keep up the good work dan!

DaveH said...

Wow, looks great. I love the Sads. Thanks for the good addition Dan.

Anonymous said...

dab

Ice said...

haha Happy Birthday Dan! Just 6 months ago this guy was falling off v4's in the gym. It's amazing to see the progress and Dan back in action!

Mojo said...

Yeah bro! Allez, even though I speak english! After this let's meet up with Chaz and Biff and try to meet some cheerleader skanks!

Just kidding, looks rad

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great new addition but does it still count with that huge dab? The rock stopped his swing. I would not have counted that, i would of dropped off and done it again to get a real ascent. And if he was falling off a v4 in the gym a few months ago then how can he rate this v11, does that mean i can rate things v15 just cuz i climb double digits.

Anonymous said...

I know Dan pretty well. I've been climbing in the gym that his parent's own for the last five years. This kid is strong. Lot's of hard sends under his belt. The only reason he was falling off V4's in the gym a couple of months ago is because he took time off from climbing. I've personally have seen him hike a V9 first go off the couch. It's good to see he's getting back in shape.

heretic said...

DAMN.....I wasn't gonna say anything either but he fully and totally dabbed on that rock. I had to rewind it a couple of times to confirm but yeah total dab. I have no doubt he could easily resend without the dab though. DMills is a Stone Crusher dab or not!!

DANIEL MILLS said...

Daniel mills said he's going to repeat it again without a dab as the people he climbed it with said it was not a serious dab, i was there and Dan said i should repeat it again today guys, i dabbed! everyone said it was ok but Dan is the perfectionist kind of guy...

Ronald said...

What a bunch of pharisaical ass holes There was no advantage if he did dab

heretic said...

Ronald needs to calm down. There is no animosity or hostility here.

I'm sure Dan knows the ethics behind dabbing as he's been in it for a long time. As for his climbing, I don't know Dan that well at all but he's a Stone Killer, having established most of Tram's hardest problems, up to V12. He's more than capable of determining an accurate grade.

As for this problem...hell, he'd repeat it AND downgrade it just so he can laugh in our faces...Ultimate Devastation!!!

JOE De Luca said...

just got home from the trip with Dan and he just resent it and there is no dab in this send. so stop playing on line and go climb. he will repost the no dab film for all you haters.

DANIEL MILLS said...

thanks to everyone for the support, no big deal, i've always been honest about my sends. The truth is climbing is not about just proving you can do the climb, I would have still held the swing regardless of the rock helping or not proving i had the ability to send. But the real matter is climbs must be done clean to be truely legit.

Anonymous said...

I agree. It looks like he would have held the swing. But, it is annoying when the camera man starts yelling, haha.

Alton G. Richardson said...

That's whats up! Looks like a solid tough line. Props to you Dan!

BobbyD said...

Good Job! Dan

Anonymous said...

el man toco la piedra coño esto es humillante tios!!!! aca en españa el que toca la piedra o algo en un swing debe bajarse inmediatamente no fisrt ascent for my point of view.