It's no secret that I love history. Namely, history of significant events, items or, in the climbing world, problems and routes. I love hearing the backstory behind a persons motivations and even the backstory of a name. There are certain routes that inspire more interest and The Iron Man Traverse is one of those.
When I first moved out the Mammoth/Bishop I made it a point to have Iron Man be the first problem I climbed at the Buttermilks. After falling on the last move late in my first day I came back the next day and did it first try, smile on my face as I grabbed the perfect juggy bread loaf and rolled over the mantle. To this day it's one of my favorite memories and reminds me of a great couple of years when I was lucky enough to call Bishop home.
No matter your view on the problem itself, there is arguably no more obvious of a line and its popularity is no surprise. Because of all that, I was really happy that Wills wrote up a really cool history on the problem. He delves into the name, the history and Tony Puppo's FA and his business with the Rubber Room.
It's worth a few moments of your time and a great read.
6 months ago