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Luxury Liner: The First Ascent of Supercrack

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Uploaded on Dec 3, 2008

In 1976, Earl Wiggins, Ed Webster and Bryan Becker made the historic first ascent of the desert climb "Supercrack". Stewart Green and Michael Gardner had the foresight to film this historic event. Now 3o years later we bring this amazing story to you.

The second week of November, 1976. Earl Wiggins slung a rack of clunky six-sided Hexentric nuts over his shoulder, nodded at Bryan Becker, who held a rope threaded through a Sticht belay plate that would act as a brake if he fell, standing on the ledge beside him and launched up Supercrack.

The first ascent of Supercrack was a tangible manifestation of the possibilities of rock climbing. Before its ascent, it was a great unknown if Supercrack and the many other splitter cracks that lined the cliffs in Indian Creek Canyon as well as elsewhere in the canyon country could be safely protected and climbed. The uncertainty was if any gear would actually wedge against the smooth walls inside the soft sandstones parallel sided crack and keep a falling climber from crashing into the ground.

Written by Stewart Green
Excerpted from Life on the Edge
Visit www.alstrinfilms.com for more info.

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