Ambrosia (V11/5.14 X)
Buttermilks, Bishop, California
On Tuesday February 28, Nina Williams made the first female ascent of Ambrosia, a 50-foot V11 (5.14 X) on the Grandpa Peabody Boulder in the Buttermilks, California. In the early 1990s, California climber Tommy Herbert drilled anchor bolts above the problem to try it on toprope, and named it Ambrosia after the food of the Greek gods. In 2009, Kevin Jorgeson made the first ascent, ropeless, climbing through difficult moves to a rest hueco at 17 feet then tackling the upper section of V6/5.12+ climbing. Over four days of effort, Williams lowpointed the route on toprope until she had done it twice from the second move to the summit. She wanted to complete a trifecta of highballs on Grandpa Peabody including the 50-foot Footprints (V9) and the 55-foot Evilution
Direct (V11), both of which she’d already sent. At the end of February, she hiked 15 pads to the base and casually climbed Ambrosia. A few days later, she taught a clinic on fear management at the Flash Foxy event.