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8B+ by Brooke Raboutou, 8C+ by Drew Ruana in RMNP

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Brooke Raboutou (19) has added to her impressive run of form in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado by ticking Daniel Woods' Jade 8B+, while her USA Climbing teammate Drew Ruana (21) climbed Creature From the Black Lagoon 8C+, also in RMNP.

Jade 8B+ (V14) and Two Ton Skeleton 8B (V13)🥳 • Jade has always been a "bucket list" climb for me, but one I thought I would always need to be stronger to do, or even try. The first day I was on it I was pleasantly surprised by how I felt on the climb, second day I fell on the V10 stand and yesterday I was able to send first try of the day and felt as though I was floating up the wall. Last try of the day I managed to send Two Ton Skeleton 8B (+/-) after watching @drewruana demolish Creature from the black Lagoon 8C+ (V16). It was an incredible day, one I will remember forever!🥰 • I feel so grateful to have this time to explore the park. I have learned so much in the past few months from pushing myself outdoors. I continue to grow as a climber and person every day I spend out there, realizing what I can accomplish when I put my mind to it. • Thanks for the photo and support @finn.stack 💓

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Raboutou's ascent of Jade is the second female ascent after Alex Puccio climbed the line in 2014. On her last attempt of the day, she also managed to climb Two Ton Skeleton 8B (+/-). These two boulders are Raboutou's sixth and seventh of 8B or above that she's ticked-off post-lockdown.

Ruana has now climbed three 8C+ boulders this year, following his ascents of Sleepwalker and Box Therapy. Carlo Traversi also repeated the line - first climbed by Daniel Woods in 2016 - just three weeks ago.

Raboutou has qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and would ordinarily have been preparing for and competing in Tokyo this summer. She is the daughter of former champion competition and rock climbers Didier Raboutou and Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou.

Since failing to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Games, Ruana has turned his attention to hard bouldering. Ruana is also the son of climbers, and has previously notched up hard sport redpoints up to 9a.


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