J.P. Ouellet: First Ascent in Canada


Canadian climber J.P. Ouellet bagged the first ascent of The Wandering Direct (IV 5.11 R) in Canada's iconic Bugaboos in July 2012. "Thirty to 35 feet above my last piece, I pulled on a coffee-table-sized flake that shifted and slid down on my knees," blogged Ouellet. "I screamed pretty loud since I thought the flake would push me down, but to my surprise I held position in the chimney just long enough to pull slack on the rope and flip it over the flake so it wouldn't be cut. The thing flew off and exploded down on the Northwest Face."