Last week, Paige Claassen repeated the world’s first 8A+ boulder, Trice, in Colorado.
Known for her notable ascents in sport climbing, such as the first female ascent of Dreamcatcher (9a), Paige posted on her Instagram page about the fun she had on this historical boulder.
Established in 1975 by Jim Holloway, Trice is a sharp and fingery climb that stood unrepeated for 30 years until it was climbed in 2007 by Carlo Traversi.
This short boulder features some classic moves, starting with a side pull on some slopey holds, followed by a reachy right pocket, and then onto a small ledge. Before topping out, a long reach to the right of the edge will give you some swing that you’ll have to fight and then finish the route.
In the last 25 years, after Traversi’s repeat, Trice saw a couple more climbs from James Pearson and Daniel Woods in the same year, followed by Dave Graham in 2008 and Nina Williams, who made the first female ascent in 2015.
Paige has been in the world of professional climbing for over a decade now and she is considered one of the best redpoint climbers in the United States. Some of her most notable climbs include the second ascent of Jonathan Siegrist’s Algorithm (9a) and the first and only (so far) female ascent of Alan Watts’s classic 1989 line Just Do It (8c+) in Smith Rock.
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