First Ascent: Ben Ditto Sends High Times in Tuolumne Meadows

Putting up a new line has always a great feel to it. The feeling of unknown, moments like "commit or bail" are all part of the game. And that's what makes it unique. Known for his serious rock climbing as well as photography skills, Ben Ditto has been long waiting for such "feeling". Although Ben has been a longtime Yosemite local, his recent and also first ascent of a route called High Times (5.13b), a 4th pitch crux of High Times on Drug Dome, Tuolumne Meadows, was his first ever. A steep, northeast-facing line didn't conquer easily as it took Ben ten days to complete but he managed to open it up with style. Check Owen Bissell's edit where Ben takes us through pitch by pitch.
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Eddie Bauer athlete and renowned climbing photographer Ben Ditto ticks the first ascent of High Times (5.13b), a steep, northeast-facing line on Drug Dome in Tuolumne Meadows. A longtime Yosemite local, Ditto ticked his initial first ascent on one of climbing’s holiest grounds as a means of finding motivation again after a period of social-media driven “living the dream” malaise. Owen Bissell captures the pitch-by-pitch essence of the ten-day, hand-drilled, four-pitch, free climbing rebirth in this stunning edit from the Sierra high ground.

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