Climbers Archives: Paige Claassen

International Women’s Day

I enjoyed reading these interviews the American Alpine Club did with Emily Harrington, Paige Claassen, Melissa Arnot, Sibylle Hechetel, Janet Bergman Wilkinson and Jenn Fleming over the weekend to commemorate International Women’s Day.  I particularly liked Flemming’s take on the biggest misconception about women in climbing:

I think that the biggest misconception about women in climbing is that emotion is a weakness. Men and women climb, behave, and react along a spectrum of emotion; often the typically “female” reaction (e.g. tears or other overly emotional behavior) is perceived as a weakness. In actuality, we all cope with stress in a very individual manner, and there is no objective “best way” to do so.

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Marmot’s Lead Now Tour – Stop 7 – Turkey

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Marmot’s Lead Now Tour – Stop 6 – India

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Marmot’s Lead Now Tour – Stop 5 – China

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Ganesh

Paige Claassen, after making the FFA of the amazing looking route Ganesh (5.14) in Badami, India:

Ganesh would become the inspiration behind Lead Now. I wanted to climb some of the most obscure, beautiful sport lines in the world, in locations that would force me to learn about myself, about the world, and about the people in it. What better place than India?

This ascent continues Claassen’s string of successes on this trip which have included the FA of Digital Warfare (5.14a) in South Africa and the 2nd ascent of Art Attack (5.14b) in Italy.  Learn more about her Lead Now Tour and the charities she is supporting by visiting the tour’s website.

See also:  this video of Gerome Pouvreau doing the route’s FA.

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Marmot’s Lead Now Tour – Stop 4 – Japan

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Marmot’s Lead Now Tour – Stop 3 – Italy

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