When you climb enough you develop an implicit trust in the gear you climb with. When you don’t climb for a while, that trust disappears and everything gets a lot scarier. Casual, safe falls onto a rope become grippingly terrifying. So, when I got back to the States, after working in Bangladesh for six months, Beans and I decided to take a trip to the desert to get scared on Ancient Art.
Ancient Art is one of the most amazing, freakishly exposed lines out there. The experience of standing on the summit was like standing on a manhole cover with 600 feet of desert air on every side. Probably my favorite climb of all time, and actually not as terrifying as I expected.