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 By: User Deactivated  | Date: 2006-02-07  | Category: Other    | Comment  

In 2004, 17 year-old Ethan Pringle moved to Las Vegas from California to finish high school.  What made this move unusual is that Pringle's family remained back in Cali.  Such was the psych of young Pringle.  He was excited about Vegas climbing.


The product of that commitment was the ascent of the hardest problem in the Vegas area, a longstanding project in the famous Kraft Boulders that he dubbed A Clockwork Orange.  It weighs in at 8A+, and it stood unrepeated for two years. 


Enter another enthused youth, Garrett Gregor.  "G-Unit" hails from Upland, California, about an hour east of the leviathan mass of Los Angeles.  He was also smitten by the orange waves of Vegas rock and, particularly, Pringle's unrepeated line.


So began a relative epic.  Gregor says that "[e]verything else I've done that's hard has taken no longer than a day, most just an hour's work or so"; this includes classics such as Diaphanous Sea (8A+) and Free Willy (8A) at Hueco.  A Clockwork Orange was a decidedly different affair: it took Gregor 6 3-hour sessions to send.  And he ended up using entirely different beta than Pringle that forced him to "basically dead hang the mono" that guards the top half of the problem.  "And to boot," Gregor says, "every session I'd hurt myself; blood blisters, rolled ankles, tweaked back, it just did not wanna be sent!"  Still, Gregor persevered and now declares that "it's because of that kind of inexplicable feeling you get after putting so much effort into a problem that I climb."