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Team Picks: Nathan Ross


Nathan Ross on Portaledge

We don’t know too many folks as psyched to climb as Nate. Totally discipline agnostic, there's no type of climbing the man is not excited about. While he grew up monkeying around the Red River Gorge, he's currently climbing all around the Front Range and developing new routes on the quality limestone at Lime Creek in Colorado.

First things first, the gear recs.

  • What's on your feet? 
    I wear TC Pros for trad and La Sportiva Women's Solutions for sport and bouldering. They're by far my favorite shoe.
  • What do you sit int? 
    I've been doing a lot of big wall and route development lately, and I have a Misty Titan that I've been putting a lot of time in with that. It's a great harness to hang in. 
  • What keeps your partner safe?
    I use the Petzl Grigri 2. The only time that changes is sometimes top-belaying on longmulti-pitch routes. Even then, I sometimes like to go fast and light with only the Grigri. I normally simul-rap anyway. Grigri's are simply great. 
  • What draws do you like to clip?
    I like the Petzl Djinns. The biners are smooth operating and don't have a hook to catch up on anything. The thick dog bones keep them hanging straight and solid for quick, hard clips. 
  • What keeps your hands dry and friction'y?
    Anything fine ground. I just don't like the real chunky stuff. Other than that, I'll use whatever is cheap. I'm currently using chalk I found at a crag. It works.
  • What line do you like to tie into?
    I love the thin Petzls. I have an Arial 9.5 now, and it's great, but I think I'll go thinner next time. The Petzl ropes are super supple and really smooth to clip with. With that said, they don't seem to last as long, but I think I'm just harder on my ropes than others tend to be! Lots of hanging and projecting can beat up ropes pretty quick.

And now, a few questions to get to know this guy.

  1. When and how did you get into climbing?
    It was always something I wanted to do yet somehow it took me way too long to start. This month makes 4 years. My first ever climb was outside and on lead. I fell on lead that same day. I was immediately addicted.
  2. What do you consider your home crag or your favorite place to climb, and why?
    The Red!!! The Red is home. It's where I learned to climb and where I've spent the majority of my time on rock. However now that I live in Colorado, I've been really getting into Lime Creek. The edges are tiny! For trad, Squamish is heaven. It would be my home crag if I were from the great white north.  
  3. What's your most meaningful or memorable climb?
    Wow. This is a tough one. Angles Crest in Squamish is the first that comes to mind. It was my first trip to Canada and the biggest route I had done. It was a combination of scared-to-death and incredibly excited. Topping out at the edge of dark was one of the greatest feelings ever. The 2 hour hike down in the dark.. Not so much. 
  4. What are you working on right now?
    At the moment I have 2 projects. They're side-by-side at Lime Creek. The Blank Check 5.14a, and There Will Be Blood and Cows, which I think is going to go at 5.14? Blank Check is really technical and super powerful at the same time. It has some neat edges and an exciting mono. Blood and Cows is a route I bolted and hasn't seen a first ascent. Really cool climb with a horrendous boulder problem in the center, followed by a decent hold and another hard boulder problem. These are the hardest routes I've ever tried and the hardest routes in Lime Creek. Sending will be a fight but totally worth it!

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