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Trad Climbing 20 April 2006 - 11:07:54 Posted by Freak      

Lisa Rands gets Gaia E8 6c

Lisa Rands (interview) is back on gritstone!

Lisa Rands on Gaia E8 6c
Lisa Rands placing the only protection on Gaia,
E8 6c, far away from the slopy top!

Ph: Josh Lowell /
Hosted by Ben Moon with a bunch of friends like the film-makers Mike Call (Movement Films), Josh Lowell (Big Up) and, as Ben describes him, the vegan hippy Justin Wood, Lisa had to play a lot of pocker in order to wait for the right conditions!

Finally on Saturday the 16th Lisa made it, and got on top of Gaia, E8 6c, her second E8 after being the first woman to climb such a grade on grit. In fact, back in 2004, Lisa climbed the End of The Affair E8 6c, while last year she enriched her grit collection with Shine-on E7 6c.

Gaia was pioneered by Johnny Dawes back in 1986, and made famous by the video Hard Grit, that captures French climber Jean-Minh Trinh-Thieu blowing these moves and crashing into the corner at the base of the climb, just off the ground.

Check out our footage collection because in the Trad gallery you can find an interesting video (A Gritstone Year) that also features Gaia.... but not with a such happy finish like that of Lisa!

» Read more on Lisa Rands "grit therapy" on Lisa's website.

More news on Lisa Rands:
» Lisa Rands always shining on gritstone!
» Revealing interview: Lisa Rands
» Lisa Rands: superwoman of trad climbing!

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» End of the Affair (E8 6c) flash by Ryan Pasquill
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» Richard Simpson repeats Careless Torque
» The legendary Careless Torque: fifth ascent in 19 years
» James Pearson does the 3rd ascent of Equilibrium

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