CLIMBER

Climbing - - FLASH -

Nina Wil­liams

ROUTE

Am­brosia (V11/5.14 X)

LO­CA­TION

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.

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