posted by dpm on 04/08/2014
Canadian Leslie Timms has broken the 5.14 barrier with an ascent ofMagnum Opus (5.14a) in Lime Kiln Canyon near Mesquite, Nevada. The techy 120’ face climb was established by prolific local route developer Todd Perkins and has seen very few repeats. Timms’ ascent of the route makes her one of very few Canadian women to have climbed the route, possibly the third after Ellen Powick (Pipedream 5.14a at Maple Canyon), and Vikki Weldon (Eulogy at Maple Canyon). Timms also onsighted Lime Kiln’s Honeycomb (5.13a) and Arrow Canyon’s Heart of Glass (5.12d).
Leslie Timms exiting the crux of Magnum Opus. Photo: Adam Demmert/ http://adamds.smugmug.com/
It’s been a proud year for Timms who owns a guide service called On the Rocks at her home crag, Lion’s Head near Ontario. This past fall she established a beautiful 45-meter 5.13a called Above the Clouds. In the off-season from guiding, Leslie and her husband Kyle travel throughout the US, starting this year with a trip to the Red River Gorge where she sent the 5.13c trad route Sacred Geometry before heading to the desert southwest. Leslie keeps a great blog where she recounts all her travels, including a great post on achieving her long term goal of climbing 5.14a.Read it here.
Jonathan Siegrist has also been climbing in Lime Kiln Canyon recently. He repeated Magnum Opus, then bolted and sent a new 5.14a that finishes with the last few feet of the classic 5.12b Vesper. Jonathan described his new route, Air France, on Mountain Project as “a little taste of Southern France. Rock quality and features that are very reminiscent of the Verdon Gorge... right here in the Arizona strip.”
Photo: Jonathan Siegrist/Mt. Project.
Reposted from Deadpoint Magazine online: http://www.dpmclimbing.com/
Find out more on Leslie's blog: http://www.leslietimms.ca/2014/04/breaking-through-barriers.html