Aging but Still Raging: 50 Year Old Climber Sends 10 Year Project

The 50 year old clean air lobbyist conservatetly rated his new route, "HFT" (Hard For Tom), but believes it falls in the 5.13b+ range. This year, Addison climbed a number of other 5.13 routes including establishing Aging but Still Raging, a 5.13b at Lost World. "I learned in the last year that actually you can get stronger in your climbing in your 50s. It requires rethinking your training and you have to be willing to fail rather than staying with what’s comfortable."

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Addison has established over 1,000 new routes in at least 17 states from the East to the West Coast including Farley Ledges in Massachusetts, Owls Head in New Hampshire, City of Rocks in Idaho, the Superstitions in Arizona and across California. "I have a strange affliction," Addison said of his passion for establishing new routes. "A person spends unbelievable amounts of time putting up new routes and its tremoundously determiniational to your climbing."

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The work pays off though and now Addison faces the biggest challenge of establishing a first ascent- finding a name. How Tom Flies, Voluntary Confinement, Insanity Plea and Statue of Limitation are all on the list.

Beyond that, the route can also be climbed into The Juice Extension bumping the grade into the solid 5.14 category. Addison has his work cut out for him. Luckily, he's been aging but still raging all year.

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