In August 2014, OR ambassador Nik Berry, along with Mason Earle and David Allfrey, finished the first ascent of Sendero Luminoso (V 5.13d) on Wyoming’s Mt. Hooker, an 1,800-foot big wall in the backcountry of the Wind River Range, Wyoming’s hardest alpine free climb. SparkShop Creative produced a video series about the climb for EpicTV, and we’re sharing two episodes here, with commentary from Nik Berry.

Summer 2013 I had just finished my 1st semester of nursing school and needed an adventurous trip with little travel time.  As I researched areas I remembered a piece of rock that I had visited many years ago, Mt. Hooker.  This time I wanted to climb a new route on the wall and wanted a team to facilitate such an endeavor.  This is one of the reasons I thought of  Dave Allfreyand Mason Earle, however, they are both incredible friends and people.  We all met up in SLC and caravanned out to the trail head to meet up with our pack horses and lengthy approach.  After a long 19 mile day into Mt. Hooker we rummaged through our gear and realized we forgot our topo! Our future was clear to the three of us, we would scope the steepest and blankest part of the wall and climb up.  We made it up 8 pitches and then traversed right into an existing route called Shady Lady.  Our route was a direct start and went at 5.13d, however, we all felt the line was unfinished due to it not following the aid line to the summit.  We all vowed to return the next summer to complete Sendero Luminoso.