Just a few days ago Paige Claassen made the first female ascent (FFA) of Just Do It (5.14c/8c+) at Smith Rocks and now hot on her heels is Nina Caprez with the FFA of Hélix au pays des merveilles (5.14c/8c+) in Montpellier, France. Before her, only two men, Gérome Pouvreau and Cédric Lachat, had sent Hélix. On the Arc’teryx blog Nina explains how she used “lady-beta” to her advantage: “I quickly found some good beta to make the route possible for me. I escaped the big and powerful moves of the guys and I crimped some foot holds instead!” This climb also marked Nina’s first 5.14c! Of her experience she goes on to say, “My mind was completely open, free and I was full of good energy. I don’t know how long this will continue, but I have the impression that I’m surfing on a wave…Life is great!” Indeed it is. Congrats Nina!
Info and Photo Credit: blog.arcteryx.com