May 8, 2002
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
6pm. Will, G-dog and I cranked off the first free ascent of Dueling Fools. I've been looking at the route for years. The exposure on the second pitch over-hanging arrete was intense. My protection was at my toes and I didn't have the size cam I needed, so I just had to go for it-- 5.11 trad... totally dirty... only climbed once before... by me... with aid! A couple times I thought I was going to fall, but knew it would mean taking a 20 foot wipper and possibly smashing my face on the ledge below. Staying positive, I focused all my energy up. When I pulled on that finger-lock at the lip... 250ft up... and it suck... well... unless you're a climber... you couldn't understand how great it feels to jam your fingers in a rock. Upon mounting the ledge, I shouted for joy like nothing I've ever done or seen on a city sidewalk. It was one of the greatest accomplishments of my life.
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