After four summers and over one-hundred days of effort, Canadian Will Stanhope has made the first free ascent of the Tom Egan Memorial Route on the east face of Snowpatch Spire in the Bugaboos range, British Columbia. Returning with his long-term partner for the project - Matt Segal - the climb took four days to complete and has been graded V 5.14. The four consecutive headwall pitches make the climb the most technically difficult alpine rock route in North America and one of the hardest in the world.
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