Alex Puccio Sends Jade (V14)Alex Puccio has become the fourth woman to climb V14 by sending Jade in Upper Chaos Canyon.
“And to top it off I was able to climb Wild Cat V12/V11 on the back side of the boulder,” wrote Puccio.
Puccio has been on a summer rock-climbing tear. After finishing sixth overall in the Bouldering World Cup (her worst result) Puccio shifted her focus to climbing outside. In early July, she claimed two V13 sends in just seven days, sending Nuthin’ But Sunshine and Top Notch, and now she has finished off her first V14.
Jade was established by Daniel Woods in 2007. The problem had been dubbed the Green 45 Project by Dave Graham, who discovered the line, but was unable to complete the problem. Originally graded V15, Jade has now settled at solid V14.
“Greenspit was a challenge for me—I think it was my hardest single-pitch crack climb so far,” Zangerl told Rock and Ice.read more
DeWilde Style: 700 meters, AI4+, Southeast Face of Unnamed Peak 9,25 (Parent Peak: Peak 9,630); West Branch of Gillam Glacier, Hayes Range, Alaska.
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