“What a line!! The holds, the movement, the beginning burl and technical top out” said Nina on her Instagram post a few days ago after sending the already classic Meadowlark Lemon Stand (8A+).
The beautiful problem on the Red Rock sandstone, Meadow Lark, was first ascended by Paul Robinson in 2012 and was initially graded as an 8C. It’s been downgraded after the original line was chipped and aggressively brushed until it was destroyed.
Nina took the original Robinson line with a stand start skipping the 8B/+ section, which made the climb easier. A problem suitable for her style, Williams sent it in only two sessions, inspired by her friend Sean Nanos’ ascent of the line earlier in the day.
With a sketchy beginning and a technical top out, Meadow Lark (8B/+) was ascended by some of the best US and international boulderers, such as Dave Graham, Carlo Traversi, Daniel Woods, and Jimmy Webb.
The stand start (8A+) is also very popular, having been climbed by Matt Fultz, Martin Stranik, and Katie Lamb.
Although she is known as a serial highballer, Nina also repeated the famous China Beach 8c sport climb in Rumney. Among her most notable ascensions, we can remember Drew Ruana’s Florida Man 8A+. In 2015, she sent her first 8B, Ray of Light, in Rocklands, South Africa, and in 2017, she became the first woman to ascend the massive highball Ambrosia 8A in the Buttermilks.
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