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At 50 feet, Rodeo Free Europe is the “long line,” per Mountain Project, in the Rodeo Wave at Wild Iris.
Try these numbers: This ascent is by someone age 10 and 4-foot-5.
Bayes Wilder begins the climb with intricate sequencing and a comical whimper or two, protesting, “Ow, that hurts,” upon reaching a knobby little prow hold, behind which he tucks a knee. The best line of all, and possibly of the season, comes as he passes the crux, saying: “Is this a dream?”
The best detail has to be that he is wearing socks. A helmet as well.
Bayes is part of Team ABC, Boulder, Colorado. The renowned coach Robyn Erbesfield Raboutou has said, here, that Bayes is “as amazing or more than Brooke or Ashima were at that age.” Brooke Raboutou, 20, of Boulder (she is the daughter of Robyn and Didier Raboutou, both world titleists) competed in the Tokyo Olympics, making finals, only this past month. Ashima Shiraishi, 20, of New York, is a recent and repeat World Cup finalist who has climbed V15 and 5.14d/5.15a.
Rodeo Free Europe and the Wild Iris area are located near Lander, Wyoming, home of the classic International Climbers’ Festival, held each year in early July. A 1998 Jason Campbell line, the route features burly two-finger pockets and meager feet, loading up your arms.
Speaking of whom—Jason Campbell—see this film of his and Tiffany Levine Campbell’s 11-year-old daughter, Juliet, making quick work of a 5.13.
Young Bayes, son of Sandy and Matt Wilder (a former pro climber and American Ninja Warrier contestant) also recently sent—more kneebars!—Apocalypse (5.13c) at Rifle, Colorado, with Hand Me the Canteen Boy (5.12d) the same day, also Squeal to Stihl and another 5.13b in a day.
Please don’t sell or burn all your climbing gear because someone still at the trick-or-treating age is sending 5.14. You will smile all day after seeing this video.
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