This week's Friday Night video has been sent by Cole GIbson and features a rare ascent of one of the World's most famous routes - The Bachar-Yerian in Tuolumne Meadows.
Cole takes up the story:
This is a short film about my friends Andrew Rock and Jan McCollum attempting to onsight the 'Bachar-Yerian' in Tuolumne Meadows, CA. The 'B&Y' is one of the best rock climbs in the world but its reputation for being super runout keeps most mortals away.
This infamous 4-pitch route was put up by John Bachar and Dave Yerian in the 1980's. It boasts huge runouts between bolts and at the grade of 5.11c R/X represents more of a mental challenge than anything else. Make no mistake, however, as some of the strongest guys in the world - Wolfgang Gullich and Jerry Moffat come to mind - have taken giant whippers as they failed to onsight.
Andrew and Jan are not professional climbers, but they embody the spirit of the sport. I hope you enjoy this tale of their climb.
Thanks to Cole for supplying the video. You can see more of his films at the Stoney Point Documentary web site.