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Crux on Monos! Franco Cookson on Meltdown 9a
© RockPhoenix, Apr 2019
Route: The Meltdown (9a)
Camera used: Sony ILCE-7RM3
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A phenomenal effort on The Meltdown (9a) by sponsored climber Franco Cookson. These images were taken during a clean ascent attempt a back in April after two weeks of practice. I’ve watched him successfully climb each section and complete each move, but piecing all those desperate moves together is what makes this climb so formidable!
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It was utterly captivating watching him attempt this incredible route; a route only two people have ever managed before. Sadly on the night I was there, his foot came off a critical smear at the crux and the attempt was over. He’s then left for a major European climbing road trip so this is a project he wants to come back to at a later date. It was a privilege to be asked to photograph his attempt and I can’t wait to see him finally achieve it, which I'm certain he will.
RockPhoenix - 12/Sep/19Report
Nice shot. Don't worry Franco is like a terminator and once the cooler weather arrives he,ll be back.
Russell Lovett - 15/Sep/19Report
Hiya Russell - good info :-) Looking forward to seeing him again - awesome, gentle, funny bloke with amazing climbing talent and tenacity !
RockPhoenix - 15/Sep/19Report
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