The hardest sport route in America? Caldwell does "Flex Luthor"
15th January, 2003
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Climbing magazine reports that early this week Tommy Caldwell redpointed his longtime project at the limestone crag called Fortress of Solitude near Rifle, Colorado. The 120-foot overhanging line had a working title of Flex Luthor, is 100 feet to the right of Caldwell';s other sport-climbing benchmark, Kryptonite (5.14c/d) - about F8c+/9a. So how hard is his new route? "It's the hardest thing I've ever done," says Caldwell, who prefers not to give it a solid grade, but does allow that, "it's definitely harder than Kryptonite." Needless to say, it's likely one of - if not the - hardest sport climb in America. Look for a full report and stunning photos of the route in Issue 221 of Climbing.
Previously the hardest and best-known route (as opposed to boulder problem) was the 60m power-endurance fest Just Do It (5.14c) on the Monkey Face of Smith Rock, first climbed by Jibe Tribout.