Ann’s Victorious First Trad Lead

Right before her first Trad lead. Ann's first placement Woo-Hoo!

After we did the Soft Touch climb at Valley Massif, we wander around the other side of the formation. Scoping out Bill’s Steal (5.6), Ann hesitates when she claims to want to try leading it. Mistaking hesitation for weakness, I offer her a beer if she climbs it clean. Looking out at the charming vista, she decides she doesn’t want the beer as the workweek is starting the following morning.

Ann Cranks Hard Ann Polls the Audience Ann Placing a Hex

“I’m not sure what I’m doing here, I think I’ll just put the first piece in and then come down” she says. For encouragement, I say, “Don’t talk like that, you can do this Ann.” I made a crucial error. As if kind words weren’t enough, I volluntarily up the ante. “I’ll buy you a set of nuts if you do this first lead”. Because everybody knows “Girls Just Wanta Have Nuts”…new lyrics by Cindy Stopper.

Crux Just Ahead! She's a Shadow Boxer! The Eye of the Storm

Looking like a pro, she gets into that crack, placing gear from good stances, only letting one little f-bomb out at the crux. She dominated this climb, and I hope she continues to assert herself on lead. With such stable feet, and a loving belayer, watch out for Ropegun Ann!

2 Responses to “Ann’s Victorious First Trad Lead”

  1. cyberhobo says:

    I know that having you there & supporting her helped far more than the promise of nuts. Thanks for the great write up!

  2. climbergirl says:

    You’re welcome! I hope Ann liked it too!