Steven Roth on the 3rd ascent of Too Big to Flail (V10), Bishop, California
The sky is inked with dark rain clouds as the afternoon storm rolls in. He walks to the base of the boulder, slips on his shoes and straps his chalk bag to his waist. He climbs up the small boulder to gain the start holds. He exhales audibly and pulls on to the face. Slowly he shifts through the moves, deliberate and slow. After a few moments, he makes it to the rest. He takes off his hat and it slowly flutters to the ground. He climbs with such great attention that he notices small raindrops landing on his next hand hold… The higher he climbs the stronger the wind grows. His hoodie puffs up like a sail.
source | photo: Anthony Lapomardo