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Team Catalyst was hard to stop at US Nationals last month at Stone Summit in Atlanta, GA.  They were able to place 12 of 14 competitors in the top three and 8 were selected for the USA Paraclimbing team to compete in Spain.  We’re proud to be the official rope sponsor of Catalyst sports! Great job everyone!

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Both Delaney Miller and Ashima Shiraishi had flashed the women’s finals route so setters added a few foot chips to the men’s finals route, allowed them some flash beta which gave them an advantage over the men’s onsight format, and then set the two young crushers loose on the route to break the tie. Cruxcrush wrote, “Ashima climbed that route using maybe 1 or 2 of the additional foot chips they placed for her, reaching the same high point as the men’s winner (another young gun, 14-year-old Kai Lightner)! So essentially, this 13-year-old phenom out-climbed Daniel Woods, and Vasya Vorotnikov, two of the strongest climbers in the world AND she made it look easy! Just incredible. This was actually Ashima’s first ever ropes competition, and if this is any indication of what’s to come, we’d say the ropes comp circuit had better watch out!”

Ashima took first place followed by Delaney Miller and Claire Buhrfeind. Kai Lightner was followed by Daniel Woods and Andy Lamb.

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BlueWater athlete, Prolific climber, adventurer and BASE Jumper Sean “Stanley” Leary was killed  in a BASE jumping accident that occurred on March 13, near Zion National Park, Utah. Chris McNamara, a frequent partner of Leary and owner of posted on Facebook yesterday:

“A great BASE flight is one of the greatest feelings in the world. And sadly it has taken way too many of my friends, including one of the Great Ones of all time, Sean Leary.”

Leary was a fixture among the California climbing scene. Learning to climb as a teenager in the Sierra Nevada range, Leary became a master big-wall climber in Yosemite and was known for his cutting-edge speed ascents for which he held multiple records. In 2010, he and Alex Honnold climbed three Grade VI routes on El Capitan in one day. That same year, he also climbed the Nose on El Cap in 2 hours and 36 minutes, which was the route’s coveted speed record at the time.

Leary also traveled the world climbing first ascents in the greater ranges of Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Venezuala, Canada and other countries. In 2001, he made the first ascent of the east face of La Espada in Torres del Paine, Patagonia. Recently, he teamed up with Leo Houlding, Jason Pickles and Chris Rabone for a first ascent of Antarctica’s 1,750-meter big-wall Ulvetanna. Leary’s granite expertise proved invaluable for the team, and one of the highlights of the film The Last Great Climb, which documents their ascent, features Leary in his element – boldly free climbing a beautiful splitter crack in the high alpine.

Sean Leary photo by Alastair LeeCredit: Rock & Ice

The Fitz Traverse involved roughly three miles of climbing with over 13,000 feet of vertical gain. The enchainment included free-climbing up to 5.11d with some aid (C1) and 65-degree slopes according to Garibotti. Honnold and Caldwell simul-climbed much of the terrain, and Garibotti reports that they dispatched the 20-pitch Pilar Goretta “in a mere three pitches.”

Caldwell and Honnold started climbing at 9:45 a.m. on February 12, and finished the traverse at 10 a.m. on February 16.

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