I was wondering if you would mind sharing more information (beyond what you shared in your book) about your preparation, strategy, planning and specifics you took to climb freerider?
I have done some research and was wondering if you could add to the specific of the climb: o The Monster Offwidth o Enduro Corner and the finishing pitches, very physical and continuous. o After Enduro Corner, 5.12b, It begins by lying back a very rounded corner that slims down to crimps and then with a curve, becomes steep, abruptly intersecting with the underside of the massive granite expanse known as the Salathe Head Wall. o Teflon corner, stemming and palming a flaring corner o Final pitches are demanding and pumpy. o 35 foot section of campusing 3000 feet above the ground on the most exposed section of the climb
I am trying to identify specifics for further training. Though, it is a very long term goal (similar to climbing Denali for both of you). I am also thinking to incorporate the big wall training in my 7 months of climbing trip next year. I am planning on climbing the noze (aiding it) and red pointing the Grand Wall. I have done this year grade 5 wall aiding. Though big wall aid climbing is different, I have my 4 weeks plans in Yosemite for hopefully success in good style (averaging 10 pitches in 12 hours). I will, if time permit this year, try to complete the Salathe wall to take pictures and video of Freerider for further training references.
You mentioned that you took the negative split training approach, what grades did you choose to ensure sucess on freerider (5.12d/13a)?