Just five days ago, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell did a sub-two hour ascent of The Nose, mastering the same line they’ve been working on for years. But for Moab-based climber Mason Earle, the best part of climbing is exploring new routes and crazy lines that nobody has ever heard of.
“A lot of the magic is in just finding these routes,” said Earle. “When you finish a new route it’s pretty cool looking back at the whole journey.”
He gives himself an extra day before the climb to get lost in the desert, because to him, the approach is half the fun. And most of the time, he is zipping through the desert kicking up dust on a beat-up dirt bike to reach the remote walls he hopes to climb.