Johnson, Puccio & Payne Crushing V12 In Colorado

Johnson, Puccio & Payne Crushing V12 In Colorado

The summer bouldering season of 2007 was one for the record books in Rocky Mountain National Park.  It seemed like every week a new double digit problem was being established or repeated en masse.  Back in early May of this year, I had a post of RMNP bouldering videos where I predicted that the summer of 2008 would be one for women to shine in the alpine areas of CO.  So far they have not disappointed at all with three different women making the first female ascents of 3 V12’s.

Starting things off was Alex Johnson, who made a fast 1 day ascent of Clear Blue Skies (V12) at Mt. Evans.  Originally considered by many to be V13, such a quick send of this problem was impressive to say the least.  Look for footage of her climbing this problem soon on the newly “freed” Momentum Video Magazine.

Next up was Alex Puccio, who dispatched her project The Marble SDS (V11/12) at RMNP. 

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Photo:  Carlo Traversi

And just last night, Angie Payne finished her multi-year project European Human Being (V12) in RMNP.  Considered by Jamie Emerson to be one of the harder V12’s in the Park, Angie’s dedication finally paid off with a much-deserved send.

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Photo:  Ryan Olson

This brings the list of American women who have climbed V12 to 7 as compiled by Jamie Emerson (and supplemented by me):

  1. Ana Burgos: Chablanke (Hueco), Sarah Sit (Hueco), Mo mojo (Hueco)
  2. Lisa Rands: Nutsa (Rocklands), The Mandala (Bishop), Chablanke (Hueco), Sarah Sit (Hueco)
  3. Angie Payne: Chablanke (Hueco), Atomic Playboy (Font), European Human Being (RMNP)
  4. Ashley Lloyd: Super Kind (RMNP)
  5. Jody Hansen: Chablanke (Hueco), Rumble in the Jungle (Hueco)
  6. Alex Johnson: Clear Blue Skies (Mt. Evans)
  7. Alex Puccio:  Marble SDS (RMNP), A Maze Of Death (Bishop), Trice (Flagstaff Mt.), Clear Blue Skies (Mt. Evans)
  8. Lynn Hill:  Chablanke (Hueco)

The days of women climbing V12 being a regular occurrence is here which means that V13 must be right around the corner.   Hopefully this means that the days of FFAs being a big deal are on their way out, and we can come to report the achievements of women climbers on the same level as those of the men.

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6 Responses to Johnson, Puccio & Payne Crushing V12 In Colorado

  1. Ryan J September 5, 2008 at 11:14 pm #

    Josune bouldered a V13 traverse in 2002 and Atomic Playboy in 2001.

    2002
    Travesía de Baltzola 8B+/C (traverse), Baltzlola, Basque Country, Spain

    “It’s super physical with very long and dynamic moves. For the past three years I’ve been bouldering and focusing on power. It has raised my phisical confidence. I just kept going back to the route until I was ready physically to climb it. ”

    2003
    E la nave va 8C (35m traverse), Saint Loup, Switzerland

    http://www.climbandmore.com/climbing,410,0,2,climbers.html
    http://www.climbing.com/news/hotflashes/josune224/

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  2. Rock Climbing September 7, 2008 at 12:32 pm #

    These ladies of climbing are starting a spree of sends. This time next year I expect the list of V12’s sent by women to double.

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  3. D September 9, 2008 at 10:30 pm #

    barbara zangrel?

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