6/25/12 - Ethan Pringle has made the first ascent of Arrested Development (5.14d), at Robber's Roost in Mt. Charleston, Nevada—one of the hardest routes in the area. Joe Brooks bolted this heavily-chipped route in the late 1990s, just to the right of America’s Most Wanted, a classic 5.13c.The route, previously known as the "Natural Law" project, has seen attempts by climbers like Chris Lindner and Jason Campbell to no avail. Arrested Development starts on natural holds before moving into overhanging terrain with chipped holds (i.e., manufactured pockets) on 5.14a terrain to a boulder problem. According to Pringle, the crux is a two-move V9 boulder problem following 5.14b climbing.
Pringle spent five days working the route by day and was inspired by the TV show Arrested Development for the route's name. "I’m going with a grade of 5.14d for this one, considering the time I spent on it with perfect conditions and how refined my beta had to be for a flawless ascent," he said on his blog.
“While the route is manufactured, and heavily in spots, it is still one of the most fun-to-climb-on routes I’ve ever done,” said Pringle. “And let’s be honest, how many 5.14s are there in this country that have no glued or chipped holds… I might be able to count them on both hands… and seven of them are in the Red.”
Date of ascent: May 22, 2012