Neal Sipahimalani on Cherry Red – 5.14a

One of the many benefits of spending time in Red River Gorge, Kentucky is seeing my friends work on some pretty incredible climbing projects. On March 12 Neal Sipahamilani came super close to sending Cherry Red at The Sanctuary in Muir Valley, a 5.14a (which means friggity hard). From the angle I was taking photos its hard to appreciate the angle of overhang that Neal is climbing on. 

Neal is one of those guys that make climbing look easy. He never seems to struggle even if he does fall; every move is calculated and smooth. He overcomes a slight height disadvantage with ease, and but his light build he definitely uses to his advantage. He’s young and only going to continue to get stronger. I can’t wait to see where climbing takes him. 

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