Angie Payne ticks off her second V13

American climber Angie Payne has done the first female ascent of Freaks of the Industry, a V13 | 8B located in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. This is the second V13 ascent for Payne, who in 2010 became the first women ever to climb a V13 problem by sending The Automator, also in RMNP.

Angie Payne on Freaks of the Industry

Payne on Freaks of the Industry. Picture from her Facebook page

Freaks of the Industry was first climbed in 2003 by James Litz, who proposed a V14 | 8B+ grade. Since then the consensus seems to be that V13 is more accurate.

Payne has been working on the problem for several seasons, it became “a nemesis that surpasses all nemeses I have ever had” but it seems that she’s finally found the way to slay the beast.

Here’s Carlo Traversi sending the problem:

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