Sacrifice 9a+ by Evan Hau

Wednesday, 10 June

Evan Hau, who previously has done four 9a's, has done Sacrifice in Echo Canyon, meaning he is the first Canadian to send 9a+. (c) Adam Gearing

"I bolted Sacrifice in 2016 but it seemed impossible at the time. I showed it to Adam Ondra when he visited the area in 2018 and he was able to figure out a sequence and get the FA. I started really focusing on Sacrifice in 2019 and made really good progress eventually one hanging a few times. I trained hard all winter specifically for Sacrifice. Covid-19 changed my training plans but my wife and I were able to adapt with strength and endurance workouts at home doing body weight and weighted exercises as well as hangboard. It seemed to work out quite well as I felt stronger on the route this year compared to last year and I was able to take it down pretty quick this year once climbing was opened in Alberta."

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