Alex Puccio sends Jade, 8B+ | V14

Alex Puccio has done the first female ascent of Jade, one of the most iconic boulder problems in North America. It took her only 4 sessions, sending first go the fourth day. With this ascent Puccio becomes the fourth woman ever to climb a 8B+ | V14 problem.

Alex Puccio on Jade. Picture from her Facebook page.

Alex Puccio right after “the move”. Picture from her Facebook page.

Known for years as the Green 45 project, Jade was originally graded V15, though now it is considered V14. It must be hard to give an accurate grade given that most of its difficulty revolves around a single move. “The move” in Jade is one of the hardests single moves in climbing, requiring precision, body tension and a ton of crimping strength.

UPDATE: Video of the ascent

Jade is located in the Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, at a height of about 10,000 feet (~3,000m). Daniel Woods made the first ascent in 2007 and since then it has been repeated by climbers like Paul Robinson, Nalle Hukkataival, Carlo Traversi or Jimmy Webb. Alex Puccio joins that exclusive club a few weeks after having climbed her first V13 | 8B boulder problem.

Here’s Daniel Woods doing the first ascent:

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