About Luke Laeser

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Laeser on P11 (5.11+) of Logical Progression, Basaseachic National Park, Mexico.

Laeser on P11 (5.11+) of Logical Progression, Basaseachic National Park, Mexico.

Lately, "Laeserguns" is balancing responsibilities as the Online Editor for Climbing.com in Chattanooga, TN or going bouldering with his two-year-old son. Inspired by Mags:Climbing, Mountain, and Rock and Ice, Books:Rocks Around the World, and 50 Classic Climbs, Laeser started rock climbing around the volcanic cliffs of Los Alamos, NM in the early 90s. When not out playing the full-time family guy is with wife Melissa, son Layton, dog Priscilla and cat Death Monkey. His latest climbing exploits were learning to climb (and fall!) above deep water on a limestone cliff above the Tennessee River. In October, 2007 Laeser finished first-in-class racing a Subaru WRX at RallyCross Nationals in Hastings, Nebraska. Some of Laeser's notable first ascents include:Count Rudolfo, Guardian of Box Canyon, (5.9 A3, 200 ft.) February-April 1992, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico with Cameron Burns; East Face of Venus Needle (III, 5.9, A2+; 2 pitches.) September, 1992 with Cameron Burns; Friggin' in the Riggin, Shiprock VI, 5.9, A3+, 13 pitches to join the normal route, May 7-13, 1994 with Cameron Burns; Man Eater, Upper GypsyTower, III 5.10+, 3 pitches. Fall 1993 with John Butler. Colorado National Monument, Colorado; Slavery, Independence Monument, IV 5.10 A3, 4 or 5 pitches. Colorado National Monument, Colorado, Spring 1994 with John Butler and Cameron Burns; Lots of boulder problems with Ed Strang in Unaweep Canyon near Grand Junction, Colorado; Six fun sport routes in Bangs Canyon, above Grand Junction, Colorado; The Mean Leaner, (5.13-) April1997, first free ascent with preplaced gear of the Leaning Tower Crack (formerly A2+), Las Conchas, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico; Bolted 16 sport routes at "The Dungeon" from 5.10 to 5.13b, Los Alamos, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico; Subiendo el Arcoiris, IV 5.13b 1000ft 10 fully bolted pitches. Basaseachic National Park, Chihuahua, Mexico with Peter Baumeister and Dierk Sittner; Logical Progression, IV 5.13b 2500ft, 28 fully-bolted pitches, February-April 2002, El Gigante, Basaseachic National Park, Chihuahua, Mexico with Peter Baumeister and Bert van Lint.

Laeser on the Whirlpool Arete V7, Independence Pass, Colorado.

Laeser on the Whirlpool Arete V7, Independence Pass, Colorado.