Date of birth: May 5, 1980
Born: San Francisco, CA
Residence: near Yosemite, CA
Profession: Rock Climber
Nick Name: B
Hardest Redpoint: 5.14c Meltdown
Hardest Onsight: 5.13c Grand Illusion
Hardest Traditional Climb: 5.14C
Number of First Ascents: 5
Number of First Female Ascents (5.13d or harder): 6
Photo by Beth Rodden
"I'm not going to stop if I can't climb 5.14 or get paid to climb, I'll still always be climbing. I'm very lucky and grateful for the past decade or so that I've been able to make it my profession, but when 5.14 becomes completely antiquated (which is starting already) and I'm not at the top of the sport, you'll still find me outside, with friends in the mountains climbing, because I love it."
Beth Rodden started climbing in 1995 at a rock climbing gym in Davis,CA. In 1998 Rodden redpointed "To Bolt or Not to be", the historical first 5.14 in America, becoming the first woman to ascend 5.14a. With her first ascent of "Lurking Fear" in 2000 and the free ascent of "The Nose" in 2005, she became the first woman to free climb two routes on El Capitan. In 2005, she free climbed "The Optimist", becoming the first woman to redpoint 5.14b. In 2008, Rodden redpointed "Meltdown" 5.14c. It is the hardest traditional pitch in America. Meltdown remains unrepeated to this day.
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BETH RODDEN VIDEOS
The Phoenix 5.13a Cosmic Debris 5.13b Peace 5.13c/d Book of Hate 5.13d Meltdown 5.14c
"There comes a time in everyone's climbing life when they find a route that really captivates them. I don't think it is limited to just one, or even two or more. But for every climber there are routes that get their attention for whatever reason - history, aesthetics, movement, the unknown"
Beth Rodden is Climbing Back
"Climbing outside with friends in some of the most beautiful places I can imagine - This is all I need."