Over the last year Paige Claassen has traveled the world on her Lead Now Tour, sending hard left and right, while also bringing awareness and raising money for local non-profits that empower women and children. It appears that climbing some of the toughest routes around the world for nearly a year gets you strong. Putting that strength to the test, 22-year-old Paige tackled and sent Just Do It (5.14c/8c+) at Smith Rocks. She is the first female ascent of the route. It should be noted that at the time this route was established by Jean-Baptiste Tribout in 1992, 5.15/9a+ did not exist. It looks like we may have a first female ascent of 5.15/9a+ any day now…and Paige just might be the lady to do it! Congrats Paige! Keep on inspiring!
Climb on! ~Cate