mayan smith gobat

Placing fingertips and toes on small crystals and horizontal edges, Mayan [Smith-Gobat] completed each technical section to gain a large horizontal break. She paused and tried to shake the pooling blood in her forearm out.  She was a little pumped.

“My god the wind is intense up here! I almost fell from it. It keeps throwing me off balance,” she yelled.

After 5 minutes, she gave her arms a final shake and smoothly polished off the last 30 feet of climbing. We had on-sighted the route, and neither one of us had fallen as we sat at the final set of anchors on top of the Totem Pole.“

-Ben Rueck
Photo: Will Ockenden