Peter Kamitses has sent the long standing Adirondack project he’s been working for over a year, calling it Oppositional Defiance Disorder with a grade of 5.14a. The steep trad line is located on Silver Lake’s Tsunami Wall and has seen a few attempts from many of the area’s top climbers, including Vermont local, Matt McCormick and French-Canadian Jean-Pierre “Peewee” Ouellet, neither were able to finish it. The route climbs an amazing over hanging crack system that is typically wet throughout the year, but with towels and a lot of hard work to keep the line dry, Peter was able to finally top out. The route features two crux sequences in the middle, making it difficult to continue through the very demanding finish. Kamitses climbed in perfect style, placing gear as he went and taking it all down after failed attempts.
In a phone conversation with Peter, he said he’ll be heading to back to Moss Cliff, this fall, to start working on freeing more of the old aid lines. Earlier this year, Peter took a trip to Quebec and climbed Biorythmic (5.14a) and last year Peter’s big accomplishment and most of his spring and fall climbing season were spent working and sending his Marshfield project – Stoning the Fascist (5.14b).