4/12/13 - Dan Mirsky realized a long-term project on April 5 with a new link-up at Utah's Cathedral called Solid Gold (5.14c). The line starts on Space Shuttle toKolob (5.13a) then continues up a boulder problem in the center of the wall to Golden Direct (5.14d?), and then finishes on Golden (5.14b). This line avoids all the rests of existing routes. "Once I finally tried [Solid Gold], I knew that I no longer cared about doing any other iteration of Golden," says Mirsky. "It [has] the coolest crux sequence I have ever done."
Mirsky first visited the Cathedral in 2008, and started working Golden in 2010. He didn't finish the route, and returned in November 2012 in an Airstream camper for more serious attempts on Solid Gold. The weather didn't cooperate, however, and it wasn't until mid-February that Mirsky could get back on the route. A critical undercling was consistently wet through March, and he "resorted to coating the inside of it in aluminum foil to try to stave off the wetness. It kinda worked..."
On April 5, after a rest day, Mirsky redpointed Solid Gold on his first try of the day. "The send felt great, nearly flawless, exactly how you want the culmination of lots of hard effort to feel," Mirsky says. "I capped it by skipping the anchor clip and climbing out of the cave, standing on top, and screaming and jumping off, victory-whipper style."
Mirsky calls Solid Gold his hardest ascent to date. He plans to continue climbing at the Cathedral, and then it's on to Arizona's Virgin River Gorge and Salt Lake City. He will travel around the American West before settling in Rifle, Colorado (his home base), for the summer.
Source: Dan Mirsky
Date of Ascent: April 5, 2013