Photo/ Video Courtesy of Louis Larouche
Crack ace Jean-Pierre “Peewee” Ouellet has repeated one of North America’s hardest crack climbs, La Zébrée (5.14a), placing all of his protection except for the first piece on the lead. Ouellet had tried for three years for the second ascent—and first true redpoint—of the 80-foot finger and hand crack, which slices through two roofs at Mont King, Québec, but the climb is hard to find in dry conditions. Excellent weather in the Northeast over the past few weeks dried out the line, giving Ouellet the chance for the send on his 10th attempt this year—in all, he estimates he made 50 to 60 attempts. On the redpoint, he had power to spare, launching into five pull-ups at the end of the climb.