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Ontario’s Nathan Kutcher Onsights M12+
Ontario’s Nathan Kutcher is obviously in fine climbing form as yesterday he onsighted You’re My Hero M12+ at the Hall of Justice area located outside of Ouray, Colorado. Kutcher spent the last two months training in Russia, and it clearly seems that all that work is paying off.

“I'm climbing really well right now,” says Kutcher. “The day before I warmed up by onsighting Andres's route that's graded M11, but it felt more like M10 to me.”
Nathan Kutcher onsighting You’re My Hero M12+

Ontario’s Nathan Kutcher onsighting You’re My Hero M12+


Located at about 10,000 feet in elevation, the route You’re My Hero M12+ is approximately 35m long and climbs out of an impressive cave-like formation. The route starts on a short easy section and transitions to a steep roof that leads to less steep terrain and finishes on a vertical wall. The crux comes just before the slab at the top. It took Kutcher about 30 minutes to climb the route.

“I climbed it comp style, meaning there was no trickery - tools were for hands only. There was no wrapping of arms or legs around the tools to rest,” says Kutcher.
Nathan Kutcher onsighting You’re My Hero M12+

Nathan Kutcher climbing through the steep section on You’re My Hero M12+

Nathan Kutcher onsighting You’re My Hero M12+

Nathan Kutcher shaking out during the onsight of You’re My Hero M12+

Nathan Kutcher is one of Canada's top ice climbers. He's established numerous difficult mixed climbs including the traditionally protected ground-up ascent of Metamorphosis M10 R. He is on the Canadian National Ice Climbing team and competes internationally on the World Cup ice climbing circuit. In 2012, he defeated a strong field of international climbers and won the prestigious Ouray Ice Festival in Colorado.
Nathan Kutcher onsighting You’re My Hero M12+

Nathan Kutcher climbing smoothly during the onsight of You’re My Hero M12+

You can follow Nathan Kutcher’s climbing adventures at http://mixedmomentum.blogspot.ca/
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Gus Alexandropoulos is a freelance writer who has been involved in the outdoor industry for over 25 years. During his career he has been the editor at Canada’s national climbing magazine, as well as the gear editor for a national cycling magazine, triathlon magazine and running magazine. His work has been published in Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and he has been a guest on television and radio broadcasts. His passion for climbing began in Ontario in the mid 80s and he continues to travel extensively in search of crisp conditions and steep rock.