Beth Rodden's Meltdown in Yosemite National Park went unrepeated for a decade. Our Friday Night Video this week features Carlo Traversi making the second ascent, along with Beth providing some retrospective analysis. The route is one of the hardest crack lines in the world and at the time may have been the hardest trad climb in the world.
Traversi first attempted the route in 2013 but 'got completely shut down' by the technical moves on glassy footholds. In 2015 he managed to top-rope the line cleanly, but poor weather in the following two years hampered attempts. A dry Autumn and current cooler temperatures aligned this month to enable an ascent. Traversi climbed the route on his 3rd attempt of the day, placing all gear on lead to match Rodden's style of ascent in 2008.
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American climber Carlo Traversi has repeated Ron Kauk's Magic Line (8c+/5.14c) at Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park. Traversi's is the 4th ascent overall and is the 3rd person to have placed all the gear on lead.