In late June, Ethan Pringle flew to Norway to compete with Dani Anrada and Magnus Midtobe for a purse of 15,000 Norwegian Kroner, roughly $2500. The three world class climbers went to a famous cave in the county of Flatanger.
â€śIf Jailhouse and Mickeyâ€™s Beach had a baby, and that offspring was artificially inseminated with rock sperm from Rumney and Column of the Giants at the same timeâ€¦ then THAT baby grew up subsisting on nothing but muscle milk, steroids and acid it would be the Flatanger cave,â€ť said Pringle. â€śThe texture of the rock feels much like Rumney and some of the big slopey jugs and cracks remind me a little of California granite. I hate to say it, but it also reminds me of coastal rock, particularily Courtney, an 11d route at Mickey's Beach.â€ť
A crowd of 150 people watched Dani, Magnus, and Ethan attempt the big spans and the move into an evil looking eye. After a few redpoint attempts and a night off, the three climbers tried the route again. Ethan climbed the route first. He described the climb saying, â€śDani and Magnus obviously climbed the route with style and grace, while I climbed with wild desperation... but it worked. I don't think I've ever topped out a route after becoming so terminally pumped on it.â€ť The climbers named the route The Eye of Odin, giving the route 8c+ ( 5.14c).
Pringle has had a productive trip to Norway already. Pringle bolted and redpointed the line Nordic Plumber 8c and he met Adam Onrada! Check out Ethanâ€™s blog for the latest.
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