Fri Ni Triple! Beth Rodden - The Foundry - Yorkshireby Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Apr/2013
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First up is a video portrait of Beth Rodden from Outdoor Research:
"For more than a decade, Outdoor Research Athlete Ambassador Beth Rodden proved that women could climb just as hard—if not harder—than men. She was the youngest woman to ever climb 5.14, climbing To Bolt or Not to Be (5.14a, 8b+) at Oregon's Smith Rock in 1998. She went on to co-establish the first free ascent of Lurking Fear (5.10 A3) on Yosemite's El Capitan in 2000, establish the first free ascent of Smith Rock's The Optimist (5.14b) in 2005, and redpoint Yosemite's Meltdown (proposed 5.14c) in 2008. At a proposed grade of 5.14c, Meltdown is considered the hardest climb in Yosemite and the hardest trad pitch in the United States. Beth's ascent of Meltdown was the most difficult ascent of any route by an American woman, and it remains the hardest trad route ascent established by a woman anywhere.
In June of 2009, Beth tore the labrum in her right shoulder while bouldering in Yosemite and subsequently reinjured the shoulder twice. For this elite climber, it was the most serious in a series of untimely and debilitating injuries including a broken ankle and a torn collateral ligament in both index fingers. In the end, Beth decided her best bet for a full recovery was surgery to repair the tear."
Second up is an excellent video of the Foundry bouldering wave in Sheffield from Ben Pritchard:
And last but definitely not least is this trailer for a forthcoming film about Yorkshire bouldering from Highball Productions:
" A season of Yorkshire bouldering filmed during 2012/13. Over 30 problems from 7b-8b, some you may recognise some you never new existed. Climbed by a group of mates having fun and forming one of the most friendly and strongest scene in the country. THIS IS YORKSHIRE out at the end of MAY. "