On August 20th, Tennessee native and recent New River Gorge transplant Brent Perkins stepped up to the NRG’s ultra classic 5.14a Proper Soul. He tied in, racked up with a handful of nuts and cams, and climbed to the top without falling… or clipping the bolts.
Before this ascent Brent climbed the line twice. He took a few days back in July to redpoint it on the bolts then repeated it once just before his gear attempt. He worked out the gear placements on rappel and sent his first time placing the gear on lead. Astonishingly, his hardest gear lead before this was 5.12a! Brent placed just 8 pieces total on the 100 foot tall, 40 foot overhanging monster pitch.