Woods Sends 5.15a in Rumney, NH

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Daniel Woods on the second crux of Jaws II. Photo courtesy of Lee Hansche / Mountainproject.com

Daniel Woods on the second crux of Jaws II. Photo courtesy of Lee Hansche / Mountainproject.com

10/5/10 - Yesterday, Daniel Woods made the second ascent of Jaws II (5.15a) in Rumney, New Hampshire. "At first I thought 9a [5.14d]," Woods said on his 8a.nu scorecard, "but after falling off the second crux twice, and having to fight in good conditions, I thought this could be harder."

Dave Graham established the original Jaws on the Waimea Wall in Rumney in the late 1990s as 5.14b, but later suggested an upgrade to 5.14c. Then, after broken holds caused a much more difficult line, the line saw a second redpoint by Vasya Vorotnikov, who suggested 5.15a and Jaws II. "Someone broke a hold off the top, making a second crux (former V8) more like a V11ish, low-percentage move," blogged Vorotnikov at the time of his redpoint. "Then someone else started trying it and broke holds off the first crux (former V10), making it V12/V13ish. And it's fairly long—not the Euro-endurance stuff, but the American power-endurance fest."

Date of ascent: October 4, 2010

Sources: Climbing.com, 8a.nu