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Demented But Determined

posted Jul 2, 2018, 9:20 AM by Ken Goodman   [ updated Jul 2, 2018, 5:55 PM ]
In 2009, Ben Smith's threw the local climbing community into a tizzy of bruised egos with his classic rant on the Climb Eastern Canada forum: piss easy bouldering grades in NS. 

In the years that followed, the post would prove prophetic as nearly all of his downgrades achieved rough consensus. His list has become a treasure map for climbers looking to pad their instragram with softie sends.

A seeming exception to this was Acrobat V5 on Dover Island which has largely been ignored despite a substantial downgrade. The thing is, this downgrade relies on completely demented beta! 

Once you are comfortable blindly thrusting into a roof to desperately catch a hidden jug you'll be running laps like Ben. Just make sure to prepare the pad landing strip while you work up the determination.

Ken Goodman,
Jul 2, 2018, 9:20 AM