On Episode 237 of the Enormocast, I catch up with freshly minted trad climber, Anna Hazelnutt. Anna cut her teeth on high-ball slab boulders in So Cal, but then turned to sport climbing in Catalunya. After a great season in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, she traded fun in the sun for windy and rainy on the UK coastline where she sent the storied trad-slab, Once Upon A Time in the Southwest (5.13 b/c R), marking Anna as one of the highest achieving trad climbers in the world. But there was more to the story as Anna had only previously ever climbed up to about 5.9 on gear. Anna is also part of a cadre of young women climbers whose renown comes partially from a strong social media presence, with all its ups and downs (AKA dickhead dudes).
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