Chris Sharma's 'Dreamcatcher' (9a/5.14d) is the king line to end all king lines and a dream route for many of the world's best sport climbers. To climb it requires not just skill and strength, but a willingness to embrace defeat. Freeing the route took Chris many, many attempts across numerous sessions, an experienced that has been shared by Dreamcatcher's subsequent ascensionists. When Austrian competition climber Kilian Fischhuber came to try his hand at the route the experience was much the same. Despite mastering the route's opening slab and infamous rail traverse, the route spat him off time and time again at the final, desperate crux. Despite dedicating all of his energy to projecting the route and pushing his body to the brink of failure, Kilian was unable to free the line. 'I guess failure is part of the process,' he concludes stoically, before confirming that he will be back to finish the route. Kilian's struggle is mirrored in that of his girlfriend Anna Stöhr who, in the process of recovering from injury, has had to learn to accept defeat where once she would have expected easy success. As she ticks her way through Squamish's many classic boulder problems, her strength and more importantly her confidence return, allowing her to once more discover her love of climbing.
Climbing Past Failure With Kilian Fischhuber And Anna Stöhr | The Granite Life, Ep. 2
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