I've just this minute returned to Hong Kong after a whirlwind four day trip to Yangshou, China. John O'Brien (JJ) and I headed here with our crew to just get a taste of the limestone on offer. We weren't dissapointed.
We were also pleased to have the opportunity to shoot pics of Ethan Pringle cleaning up an old Chris Sharma project (Dumpling of all Evil) at White Mountain which has now been dubbed Spicy Dumpling. At 5.14d, 9a, 35 whatever you want to call it, it's haaard and impressive, and clocks in as China's hardest climb.
After watching Ethan break a hold two moves from success two days earlier (see the falling shot below), I knew thre route was going to be in the bag. The best shots we've reserved for print, but here's some of the B-roll shots from JJ and I...
|Tiny holds and very steep|
|A broken hold two moves from success|
|Hanging from one foot for a rest - nice!|
|The one foot hang|
So far, the news of Ethan's ascent is out on:
- Ethan's blog - read the whole story here
- 8a.nu Global homepage
- Petzl's Facebook page to 45,376 fans
- Deadpoint Magazine
- Climbing Narc
- Klettern (German climbing site)