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Bad Girls Club 5.14d Fourth Ascent - Jon Cardwell

Bad Girls Club 5.14d Fourth Ascent - Jon Cardwell
Bad Girls Club 5.14d Fourth Ascent - Jon Cardwell
May 22, 2012 - 

In 2010 Joe Kinder bolted a line in the Wicked cave which he dubbed Bad Girls Club.  I first tried the route last June with Dave Graham.  At first we were skeptical, but then after a couple days we had the moves figured out.  For one reason or another I left it unfinished for the season;  the boulders at RMNP and different crags were calling my name.  Shortly after, young Matty Hong completed the route for its first ascent and suggested 9a (5.14d)which would make it the first of its grade in the canyon.  Historically, this meant a lot to many of the climbers and people began trying the route more.  Over the course of the month it saw repeats from Jonathan Siegest and it's equipper Joe Kinder.  The news motivated me but unfortunately at the time the season was winding down and I was forced to wait.


Just a couple weeks ago, after word from the locals that Rifle was unusually dry for the season I drove out to investigate.  I spent the first day putting my draws back on Bad Girls Club and surprised myself by reaching the last crux on my first attempt.  I knew the route was possible now but I had to take a few days off for work in Boulder.  Two weekends later I was back and after three more attempts (one being falling at the absolute last move) I managed to make the fourth ascent!  Its climbs like this that keep me returning to Rifle, not to mention I had a great crew supporting me.  Thanks Chelsea and Hayden!  Also, Joe Kinder for the Vision. I'll be a regular at Rifle until the weather becomes too warm.  There are many routes in the canyon that I have yet to try and while the conditions last its time to climb!


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