Lisa Rands Climbs the Mandala V12, Bishopby Mick Ryan Jan/2008
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Wills Young reports at the bishopbouldering.blogspot.com
"Yesterday (Friday) afternoon, Lisa climbed The Mandala (v12), and is the first female to climb this line first done by Chris Sharma in 2000. The problem has gained almost mythical status as one of the most popular and most famous lines in the world, and for good reason: it is an extraordinary climb. Lisa was psyched to achieve this goal that she's been aiming for since last season when she first started trying it. A torn bicep, weird weather conditions, a mystery illness, and a flim project revolving around her ascent of the super-highball This Side of Paradise (v10) kept her from success then, but this season, on just her third day of tries, she climbed the line at the third attempt, saying that moments before doing it, she felt strangely certain of success."
Watch this video of Lisa Rands climbing high boulder problems around Bishop including This Side of Paradise at video.nbcsports.com
More and a possible video of Lisa climbing the Mandala soon at bishopbouldering.blogspot.com
More photos by Jeff Sillcox at eastsidebouldering.blogspot.com
Bishop webcam at sierraimpressions.com
Lisa Rands is sponsored by Evolv, The North Face, Petzl, Voo Doo Holds and New England Ropes.