Miles Adamson goes big in Bishop
- Wednesday 15th January 2020
Canadian Miles Adamson added Too Tall to Fall – a massive highball – on the Grandma Peabody Boulder at the Buttermilks, Bishop in the USA over the new year.
Miles Adamson on the first ascent of Too Big to Fall. Photo: Video grab
Hard highballing is well established in the area; Ambrosia, Kevin Jorgeson’s famous highball from a decade ago, climbs the adjacent Grandpa Peabody Boulder. Adamson first spotted the potential for a new line on Grandma Peabody however during a visit last year. Tiers of Uncertainty, a top-roped V12 by Dan Beall, climbs the central line up the impressive sheer face on Grandma Peabody but Adamson’s line starts up that line then veers off to the left.
Adamson reckons that his Too Big to Fall weighs-in at V10, a couple of grades easier than the Tiers of Uncertainty. However, with the insecure V10 crux coming in close to 40 feet above the deck, falling is very much off the agenda!
Adamson had previously repeated Ambrosia and the nearby Too Big to Flail as well as a number of other well-known highballs. Like others attempting these massive highballs, Adamson used numerous pads to help reduce the impact from the line in case he fell.
Watch the video footage below of Adamson climbing and talking about the first ascent of Too Big to Fall.