On Belay

Posted on: August 28, 2015

The author, Pete Takeda, on the first ascent of the 600-foot Biggs' Crack, Hildale, Utah. Takeda says the grade could be anywhere from 5.11c to 5.12d. Danny Parker, who onsighted the second ascent with Ashley Cracroft, recalls, "This route pushed me mentally and physically beyond any other climb I've experienced, and for the second time in my life, I told myself I was quitting climbing." [Photo] Greg Mionske

For seven years in the Utah desert, Pete Takeda pursues what he believes to be "the greatest unclimbed offwidth that no one's heard of," seeking to trace a line between passion and fanaticism. Meanwhile, a pair of hardy Canadians continues with style up the "Auger Sanction."

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