Watch as Will Stanhope free-solo High Plains Drifter 5.11c on The Chief in Squamish and explain his motivation for going without a rope. The top Canadian alpine/trad climber will be giving a clinic with Sonnie Trotter in mid-September that you should check out if you’re in the area.

Stanhope’s resume includes the first free ascent of the Tom Egan Memorial Route, a 13-pitch 5.14 on Snowpatch Spire in the Bugaboos, and for making an early repeat of Cobra Crack 5.14.

Read his story about freeing The Shadow in Squamish here:This time, my feet stuck to the black lichen splattered crystals.  The sky held mercifully held offfor acouple hours, as if to say, “go on, finish it.”  The corner relented, giving way to Bellygood ledge, and the mossy slabs.  When we ducked into the cedars and douglas firs the rain began in earnest.  Driving the soaked Highway 99 back to Vancouver the next day the Shadow was soaked dark grey.”

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