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It was Carlo Traversi’s first lead attempt of Blackbeard’s Tears (5.14c), at The Promontory in Northern California. “I knew the left-hand crimp that I was holding was a bit suspect but it made the first 5.13 crux section flow better for me, so I just went for it,” he told Climbing.
Traversi says that section of Blackbeard’s is about 60 feet up a consistently overhanging wall, so the fall is quite clean. “I actually started laughing right as the rope went tight because I knew I was playing with fire a bit, grabbing the suspect crimp in the first place,” he said.
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