A notoriously difficult wall in Zion National Park has finally met its match in a pair representing both the past and the future of climbing. American Conrad Anker, the 52-year-old legendary mountaineer, teamed up with 24-year-old Austrian climber David Lama to ascend Latent Core, a wall on the Temple of Senewava area. Despite bouts of intense rain, and several days of negotiating sheer cliff faces, the pair became the first to ever ascend the route.
This wasn't Anker's first attempt to make his way up the Latent Core. In the early 1990s, before Lama had even taken his first steps, Anker had unsuccessfully tried to scale the wall, even leaving a stuck rope behind. But this time, with initial intentions for the climbers to get comfortable working together ahead of a Himalayan expedition, Conrad found more success than he could've hoped for. He ceremoniously removed the rope from the mountain, and managed to reach the top with an auspicious protégé who seems intent on continuing his mentor's legacy.