8B Senders Ladies Club

Very few women have managed to send a problem graded 8B | V13 (and only eight have climbed an 8B+ | V14). This grade of difficulty represents the very cutting edge of female bouldering.

Red Carpet

In the same fashion that we’ve listed the male climbers who have managed to flash an 8B | V13, let’s list the female boulderers with an 8B under their belts:

Honorable mentions
Therese Johansen and Barbara Zangerl (and Juliane Wurm, thanks Susi for the heads-up) (and Dorothea Karalus too, thanks Tom)both have sent Pura vida* in Magic Woods. The problem started as a V13 but, if I’m not mistaken, it was already downgraded to V12 by the time they send it. Johansen also did Propaganda, proposed as V13 in 2010 but downgraded to V12.

Also, Spanish legend Josune Bereziertu climbed two 8c traverses (Travesía de Baltozla and E la nave va). Add that to her being the first women to climb 8c, 8+, 9a and 9a+.

Is there something wrong with this list? Please contact me! Thanks!

*Pura vida has also been climbed by Stöhr, Shiraishi and Karalus.


  1. Karoline Sinnhuber climbed her 1st 8B on Wednesday, Charity Boulder in Silvretta.

    No doubt there will be more after the winter season in Rocklands is over since every strong climber seems to be there at the minute!


    • Thanks a lot Amii!

      Yes, with gals like Petra Klingler, Melissa Le Neve and Shauna Coxsey in Rocklands I think I will be updating the list again.

  2. Xu Liting (SIN) on Fragile Steps

  3. Xu Liting SIN on Fragile Steps says:

    Xu Liting SIN on Fragile Steps – Rocklands 2017

  4. Fragile Steps was just sent by Ann Raber USA, and Alex Puccio just sent New Baseline. :)


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  2. […] Alex Puccio and Brooke Raboutou have send their first 8B | V13 boulder problem. Top Notch, in Rock Mountains National Park, Colorado, for Puccio and Fragile Steps, in Rocklans, for Raboutou. So far only 8 women have managed to climb a problem of such difficulty. […]

  3. […] Coxsey did some work on the problem 2 years ago, during a trip that ended with her breaking a leg after jumping off a problem (by the way, she solved that problem, Piranja  7C+ | V10, a few days ago). One Summer in Paradise is the third 8B | V13 problem she climbs. […]

  4. […] far Shiraishi has sent 4 8B | V13 boulder problems and is breaking climbing records all over the planet. The only other female climber that has ever […]

  5. […] Today, with her ascent of New Base Line in Magic Wood, Switzerland, British superstar Shauna Coxsey has become the third woman ever to climb a 8B+ | V14 boulder problem. […]

  6. […] Today, with her ascent of New Base Line in Magic Wood, Switzerland, British superstar Shauna Coxsey has become the third woman ever to climb a 8B+ | V14 boulder problem. […]

  7. […] Alex Puccio has done the first female ascent of Jade, one of the most iconic boulder problems in Colorado. 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. […]

  8. […] but sunshine (also climbed by Coxsey and Puccio) is Saurwein’s first 8B | V13 boulder problem, though she has sent several 8A+ | V12 and even flashed an 8A | V11 (Tricky, in Ticino, […]

  9. […] Alex Puccio seems to be in the best shape of her life and her ticklist this year gets more impressive by the minute. Just a month ago she sent her second V14 | 8B+. Yesterday, in Joe’s Valley, Utah, she repeated Ben Moon’s Black Lung, her fifth V13 | 8B. […]

  10. […] graded V14 | 8B+ and located in Bishop, California. Sending it would put her in the very short list of woman who have climbed a V14 boulder problem. She says it fits her style and seem to be determined to get it done, fingers […]

  11. […] last three months have been historical. Her tick list in the RMNP is full of hard ascents, including 6 problems graded V14 | 8B or harder. Also, if she can send a V14 in two sessions… could she send a V15? It may be a matter of […]

  12. […] is the second female ascent of the problem (after Ashima Shiraishi) and Puccio’s 8th V13 or harder ascent (all of them since last July, a rate of one per […]

  13. […] climbed Trice and a couple of V13 | 8B problems. With her repetition of Amandla Faus becomes the fifth woman ever to climb a V14 | 8B+ (after Tomoko Ogawa, Ashima Shiraishi, Shauna Coxsey and Alex […]

  14. […] just 14 years of age Shiraishi has already climbed 3 problems in the V14 range and 6 V13 | 8Bs. The only female climber whose ticklist can compare is Alex Puccio (3 V14, 7 […]

  15. […] This is Ashima’s 5th ascent in the 8B+ | V14 range. […]

  16. […] Puccio managed to climb 3 V13 | 8B (Nagual, Slashface and Crown of Aragorn). Jule Wurm‘s visit was pretty successful too, […]

  17. […] just 14 years of age, Shiraishi has broken all the records (this is her 6th problem over V13), climbing at the highest level both in lead and in bouldering, and doing very well in competitions […]

  18. […] is Coxsey’s 5th ascent of a problem graded 8B or harder. She seems to be in great shape for the IFSC Bouldering season, that will start next week in […]

  19. […] is a very prolific outdoor boulderer, she has climbed several problem graded V13 | 8B and even harder (she did the first female ascent of Amandla V14 | 8B+ in […]

  20. […] Faus has become one of the most accomplished female boulderers in North America. She has climbed 6 V13’s (including the hardest first ascent ever done by a woman), a V14 (Amandla, in Rocklands, FFA) and […]

  21. […] in Styria, Austria, Karoline Sinnhuber has climbed the sit start to Heartshaped Box, her fourth 8B | V13 boulder problem (and her third in […]

  22. […] Steps is the 8B | V13 problem most climbed by women. 8 female climbers have sent it. The Automator follows with 4 female […]

  23. […] Faus keeps crushing, 3 days ago she added Free Range, V13 | 8B, to her impressive resume. This is her 12th boulder graded V13 or harder (only Ashima Shiraishi and Alex Puccio compare). It also the first female V13 of […]

  24. […] is Stöhr’s 6th V13 | 8B ascent. The Austrian keeps a relatively low profile when climbing on rock, despite her impressive ascents. […]

  25. […] Alex Puccio is in Hueco Tanks crushing double-digit problems. Yesterday she climbed The Flame and Rumble in the Jungle (both V11 | 8A), and two days ago, Luther, her 16th V13 | 8B. […]

  26. […] * And if you wanna check out the list of women that have climbed V13 or harder check out the 8B Senders Ladies Club. […]

  27. […] Base Line is Stöhr’s first 8B+ | V14 ascent, she’s the 8th women to climb that grade. She’s also climbed 7 8B | V13, including the sit start to Meadowlar Lemon, which she climbed […]

  28. […] climber Mina Leslie-Wujastyk is on a rock trip in South Africa, where she has climbed her first 8B-graded boulder, The Pursuit of Happiness, in the area of Redhill, close to Cape […]

  29. […] V13 | 8B boulder, Dead Meadow in Wild Basin, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. This is Puccio’s 20th ascent graded V13 or harder. With just a week left until the IFSC World Cup in Vail, Puccio seems to be more than ready for the […]

  30. […] crusher Alex Puccio has turned 28 years old and she celebrated the occasion sending her 21st problem graded V13 | 8B or harder, Bear Toss, on the Veritas Boulder, in Rocky Mountain National […]

  31. […] Charity Bouldern has also been climbed by Karoline Sinnhuber and Jule Wurm. […]

  32. […] Rockstars, she went back to Magic Wood, Switzerland, where she had already sent New Base Line, her 4th V14 | 8B+ problem. In the last days, she has climbed a couple of V13’s and a […]

  33. […] year old climber Oriane Bertone has sent her second 8B | V13 boulder problem, the extend version of Psychopad. The problem, located in the French island of […]

  34. […] American climber Michaela Kiersch is on a tear in Hueco Tanks. Over the last few days, she has sent several double-digits (V10 | 7C+ or harder), including her first V13 | 8B, Crown of Aragorn, of which she did the third female ascent (after Ashima Shiraishi and Alex Puccio). […]

  35. […] climber Oriane Bertone, just 12 years old, has become the 9th women to ever climb a boulder graded 8B+ | V14 by repeating Fred Nicole’s Golden Shadow in Rocklands, South […]

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