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This week’s whipper looks like something out of a cheesy action movie—that is, if the flick was filmed mid-5.13 R.
Shane Corbett was trying Fodiator (28/5.13a R), a steep, 154-foot trad climb on the eastern coast of Tasmania. The line tackles a striking arête for two pitches, with a tricky knee-bar transition quite high above a golden offset nut.
“It’s very easy to lose track of where the rope is,” the filmer, Dylan Tubaro, wrote to Climbing. “Before you know it, you look behind your leg and there it is. [There’s] not much you can do but have a crack.”
With good gear, a helmet, and an attentive belayer who knew the leg-flipping risks, Tubaro said there wasn’t much to be learned from this fall. “I guess the lesson is that if you get on a 28 R then you might expect to take a big whipper, haha.”
Happy Friday, and be safe out there this weekend.