A Year Gone By: The Cliffs Looks Back
Looking back, 2015 was a landmark year for climbing. We can all cheerfully say that we made it through another year within the sweet, towering gym walls we call home. On the other side of the country, the Dawn Wall was finally sent after two and half weeks of battle by Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson. Closer to home, local and worldwide superstar Ashima Shiraishi took down the unrepeated problem, Nuclear War V14, quickly followed by The Cliffs' own strong gun Bryce Viola. Ashima also became the first ever double World Champion (along with Janja Garnbret), taking home the gold in both sport and boulder competitions in her category. The whole climbing community made a collective shrug, once again asking "Is there anything this girl can't do?"
Across the pond, Alex Megos ticked the first ever 5.15 send second go, and officially made 25 year olds feel like they were out of date. Everybody's favorite nicest strong guy/strongest nice guy, Chris Sharma, got hitched; Isaac Caldiero became the first American Ninja Warrior; Daniel Woods stamped V16 on his FA of super-mega-cray-cray highball, The Process; Sasha Digiulian taught the Eiger North Face a lesson. On the sadder side of life, we lost legends and heroes such as Dean Potter and most recently, John Ellison.
By no exaggeration, this was another epic year for climbing, and we felt those ripples at home
And that doesn't even begin to cover it. Other than that, we opened a gallery on the LIC mezzanine, got some giant black volumes (like really giant) on the walls in Valhalla. We said goodbye to Kyle, Ben, Ava, Party Pete, and Lizzy (and Juniper!), and welcomed Talia and Crystal, and so many more to the family. We got down with Power Wash Porn, we pulled hard on Dry Ice Tool routes. We waited for winter and she never came. And now we patiently await the grand opening of the LIC Chipotle. Needless to say, 2016 will bring many more great things.