When it comes to sending hard projects, even the best climbers don't always know when – or even if – it's going to happen. You bring hope and intent and training . . . and then you go to work.
For Black Diamond Athlete Joe Kinder, Maquina Muerte was that kind of climb. Steep and physical, the southern-Utah line is a testpiece of power and resolve, culminating in a 'bastard undercling' that protects the crux. "This thing gave me grief," Joe says of making the 5.14+'s first ascent. "But it was so nice to complete."