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Lisa Rands Climbs High and Hard

Lisa Rands (age 30) of Bishop, California is well known as a bold climber with ascents of hard grit classics such as End of The Affair (E8), Shine On (E7) and Gaia (E8). She also has a fine pedigree of climbing off-the-deck highball boulder problems over the years. You can check out some of her recent ascents at her website

On January 24 this year Lisa made the first female (and fourth overall) ascent of the stunning Bishop testpiece This Side of Paradise (v10), at the Bardini Boulders, first climbed a little over a year ago by Matt Wilder.

Wills Young reports: This line (aka The Bardini Arete) gained a reputation as one of the greatest lines in Bishop long before it was finally climbed, and certainly remains one of the boldest and most sustained. The crux, a huge move to a pinch just below the lip, comes with the feet about 20 feet up. Being short, Lisa had to pull her weight up onto her left foot, perched on a knob, high on the steeply overhanging arete, and make an enormous lock-off to the pinch from a very bad right-hand crimp. Above the pinch came a pair of crimps and a moment of contemplation before the mental crux, a bold and punchy dyno to a good jug. But it was still not over, as Lisa needed a steady nerve to gain the slab

Also at the Buttermilk Lisa climbed the high Golden Shower (V10), and she flashed the very high Mesothelioma (V7).



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