Beth Rodden Refuses to Meltdown
Rodden climbing Meltdown for Dosage Volume 5 - Coming Soon!
Photo courtesy of bigupblog.com
After months of work, Beth Rodden, northern California climbing phenom, has climbed Meltdown (14c), in Yosemite, the hardest crack ever climbed by a woman.
The route follows a very thin finger crack for 45 feet then it switches to a discontinuous seam for the rest of the 70 foot, slightly overhanging route. Beth red pointed the route on placed, natural protection. In order to sprint up the route and place the gear as efficiently as possible, she carefully organized 8 tiny pieces of gear taped instead of clipped to her harness. Dedication got her through big fall potential, serious commitment, and piles of snow that needed shoveling at the base.
You can read an interview with Beth about this climb at climbing.com.
Labels: climbing, Yosemite