Berthod Climbs Desperate Splitter


The Swiss ace Didier Berthod established Learning to Fly (5.13+) on the Wingate sandstone of Indian Creek, Utah, in November. The overhanging splitter at a remote Indian Creek crag requires a series of campus moves off of fingerlocks, with no footholds for about 50 feet. “It’s way harder than other 5.13s at Indian Creek,” Berthod said. “The other ones are vertical; this one has hard moves.”

Berthod, whose Indian Creek first ascent From Switzerland with Love (5.13+) is featured in the film Parallelojams, also added a 5.12 extension to Tricks are for Kids (5.13), bringing the route to a full 65 meters, and another new 5.13 at the Fin Wall.

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