Just starting to get caught up on a lot of news this morning, but apparently some great bouldering happened in Colorado very recently.
Jamie Emerson reports that Angie Payne made the first female ascent of European Human Being (V12) in Rocky Mountain National Park.
pimpin’ and crimpin’ has some additional photos of Angie on the problem from a prior attempt.
Finally, the ClimbingNarc gives us full coverage of not only Angie Payne, but also of Alex Johnson’s recent send of Clear Blue Skies (V12) and Alex Puccio’s send of The Marble SDS (V11/12) all in Rocky Mountain National Park.
ClimbingNarc also makes a great point about reporting “first female ascents.” As women continue to push grades as hard as men, hopefully we can eventually stop designating between the two. I’ve been as guilty on this blog as everyone else in covering this, but the sooner it becomes simply about the climber and their significant achievement, regardless of gender, the better.