Date of birth: August 21st 1990
Hometown: Pawtucket, RI
Current Residence: Boulder, CO. USA
Height: 5 ft 3 in
Profession: Rock Climber, Boulderer
Hardest Boulder Problem: V13 Ray of Light
Achievements: Too Big to Flail V10 FFA; Ray of Light V13 FFA; Evilution Direct V11 FFA; Ambrosia V11 FFA; Window Shopper V12 FFA
Sponsors: Adidas, Five Ten, Petzl, Giddy Organics, and Gnarly Nutrition
About: Nina began climbing in New Hampshire in 2002. She later joined a team in Rhode Island, balancing school, training, and weekend trips to Rumney before moving to Colorado in 2010.
Ever since, Nina has been pursuing the hardest boulder problems in the world, recently capturing the first female ascent of Evilution, V11 boulder problem in Bishop, California. Back in the day,
With multiple V11’s and 10’s under her belt, Nina was set and primed to climb the hardest boulder problem of her life: a V13
She currently lives with her boyfriend in Boulder, CO planning for the next big adventure.
Nina began climbing in New Hampshire in 2002 and later joined a team in Rhode Island. She balanced school, training, and competing with outdoor climbing all around New England before moving to Colorado in 2010.
She has spent the past four years competing and getting outdoors as much as possible, spending extended amounts of time in areas such as Hueco Tanks, Joe’s Valley, South Africa, Australia, and Switzerland. She has climbed 5.13 and multiple V12's, 11's, and 10's.When she’s not climbing, Nina coaches Team ABC in the athletically driven town of Boulder, CO.
"Breathing plays a huge aspect in controlling fear.
It's like you are taking that inner fear and making it into a physical energy through your breath!"
From Boulder, Colorado, Nina Williams is one of the few women in the world to climb a V13 boulder problem. On Feb 24th 2016, Nina capured the first female ascent of Evilution V11, originally established by Jason Kehl with a direct version (which Nina did), by Tony Lamiche. Listen as Nina shares her training techniques, both physically and mentally, as she prepares to climb the hardest highball boulder problems in the world.
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Nina Willams sends "Mad Cow " V11 at Sad Boulders, Bishop, CA
Nina Willams dominates this classic Colorado boulder "The Shining V13/8b
After three sessions, Nina Williams bags The Automator V13/8b in Colorado. Video courtesy of Eric Karlsson
Nina Willams bags the First Ascent of "Sundial" V11 in Roy, NM
Nina Willams sends "Therapy" V8 at the Happy Boulders, Bishop, CA
Nina Williams sends "Low Rider" V10 at the Happy Boulders, Bishop, CA
Nina Willams sends "Window Shopper "V12 at Flagstaff, Colorado. The boulder tops out at 49 feet off the ground that it creates a formidable mental challenge. It is heralded as one of the hardest free solos ever done by a woman.
On February 28, 2017 Nina Williams made the First Female Ascent of "Ambrosia", a 50-foot V11 (5.14 X) on the Grandpa Peabody Boulder in the Buttermilks of Bishop, California. The first ascent was done by Kevin Jorgeson in 2009.
The tall route is on the steep south wall of the Grandpa Peabody boulder in the Buttermilks of Bishop. The first ascent was in 2002 by Jason Kehl and a variation to the V12 top-out was climbed at V11 by Tony Lamiche. On May 3, 2016 Nina Williams captured the First Female Ascent of this classic airy highball "Evilution Direct" V11.
" It's a line that sticks in your mind if you've ever been to the Milks, and it certainly stuck in mine. Last night was one of those 'perfect send' moments when every move felt just right."
In 2015, after 8 sessions, it finally came together. Nina Williams did the First Female Ascent of this hard boulder problem in Rockland, South Africa, "Ray of Light" V13.
Nina Williams climbs Dead Can't Dance (V11) in the Hollow Mountain Cave (site of the famous The Wheel of Life) in the Grampians, Australia, in July 2013.
The Farley Ledge test piece was originally opened by Dave Graham. In his words it’s ‘the big, ultimate boulder [...] that one would imagine as the perfect problem if what they like is 45 degree walls, and crimpers, and they like to do big moves. [...] Incut crimps spaced all the way up, sit down start, and rad mantle on perfect rock at the end. Perfect line’. Williams is the first woman to complete ‘Speed of Life’,V10 FFA and the video documents three years of attempts. Nina Williams Climbing Her Dream Project ‘Speed Of Life’
"A dream beginning 2009, and realized yesterday. I was initially drawn to its aesthetic, intimidating size, and crimpy style. I stuck with it because [it’s] truly a New England king line and represented everything I loved about my home area."
Nina Williams tears it up in Bishop. She gets on Soulsinger V9; Footprints V9; The Swarm V13; Blood Meridian V13.
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