In the summer of 2017, Nate Murphy made his way to Yosemite to attempt what would be his toughest big wall challenge to date, to climb the 13 pitches of the Shaft Variation on the Muir Wall, 5.13c/8a+.

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The route holds a prestigious list of accomplishers with the first ascent being made by Tommy Caldwell and Nick Sagar in 2011, with Alex Honnold also being on the list with the third ascent, the route will represent a step up for Nate as he attempts to make the 5th free ascent.