The votes are in, and everyone wants to see more local climbing from Misty Mountain's Southern Appalachian home.  We've got a dandy for you this time!  The Broach is one of Ship Rock's most intimidating routes, first climbed in 1985 by Doug Reed, the same year that Misty Mountain started operations.  This video shows Misty Mountain's Leif Carter sending the second pitch of The Broach in fine style, pushing through the pumpy finger crack at the end and cranking to the top.  The Broach is a traditional, gear protected route that pulls through one of Ship Rock's steepest sections.  At 5.11d, The Broach packs a punch, and will easily spit off all but the most aggressive suitors.  Strong fingers, a cool head, solid gear technique and plenty of endurance are key ingredients to success on The Broach.  Happy Birthday Leif!



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