As has become all too typical with me, this ‘news’ is a little dated. About a week and a half ago (May 17) Bill Ramsey redpointed ‘Reverse Polarity’, a 5.14b (8c) rated route up at Mt Potosi, Nevada. This was a week before his 52nd birthday but let’s give it to him. 5.14b at any age is still incredible but at 52 that is inspiring for sure. Great job Bill!!
Here’s a quick video I put together.
Bill is by far the most focused climber I have ever met. I can’t even guess at how many times he tried the route, how many times he fell right near the top, how many times he pulled back on to figure out better beta or how many thousands of hours he spent training on plastic to make this redpoint a reality.
At some point I will try to get footage of one of his training days. 6am wakeup, stumble to the coffee maker, go into his garage for some deadhangs to warmup, do a little training there, then off to the climbing gym for 3-4 hours then to the treadwall for another 2-3 hours before hitting weights to finish it off. I can’t even fathom it but clearly it works for him.
As much as Bill’s redpoint of Reverse Polarity was amazing it is his dedication to the sport that is truly inspiring. He claims he is done for now but I have a feeling there are quite a few 5.14 routes left in him. Annihilator???
Posted on May 28th, 2012 by Mike Doyle
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