Andy Raether – Climbing Athlete Update

June 9, 2007

Related Topics: Athletes

As one of two climbers on the PROBAR® athlete team, we’re stoked to have Andy Raether on board. We wanted to bring the PROBAR® community up to speed on what Andy has been doing and what’s on his project list.

Current Projects

Currently I am working on getting the second ascent of a sport climb at The Monastery which is a climbing area near Estes Park, CO. The climb is called Grand Old Opry and the first ascent was done by Tommy Caldwell almost a decade ago. Many of the top US climbers have attempted to do this route, but none have succeeded. Everyday I am getting closer to being able to send it

Andy Raether on Half Broken Half Baked 5.14a - image by Keith Ladzinski

After I send this route I will be doing some filming for a upcoming climbing film called “Rocky Mountain Highball” to be released late in the year. My part of the film will be doing first ascents of high-balls in a undeveloped high alpine bouldering area in Rocky Mountain National Park. a high-ball is a bouldering problem that is usually in the range of 18-30+ ft tall and has a significant element of danger because of its height.

What’s Next?

Next on my plate will be making first ascents of a few new sport climbs in a world class climbing area in Rifle, Colorado. These routes should end up being some of the most difficult rock climbing in the country.

I am looking forward to attending the Outdoor Retailers show in August [held in Salt Lake City, Utah bi-annually]. During the show I will be competing in the Mammut/Easern Mountain Sports Bouldering Championships. These bouldering championships will be held Saturday, August 11, on the rooftop of the Shilo Inn’s parking complex after day three of Summer Market.

Photo credit above – Keith Ladzinski – – check out his photos

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