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Sarah Hueniken has been a lead­ing Cana­dian mixed climber for the past few years with big sends of hard routes in North Amer­ica. While she has pushed her­self on big­ger in­ter­na­tional peaks, like the 5,965- me­tre Shachun in China, her hard M sends and podium tops are a sea­sonal hap­pen­ing. She was the first North Amer­i­can woman to send M11, M12, M13 and M14 with the fourth as­cent of Mustang P- 51 in Colorado. When not push­ing mixed climb­ing, Hueniken works as an acmg alpine guide. deep canyons, the long ice climbs with big, steep, rock walls lin­ing them, and the va­ri­ety and unique­ness of the climbs that form there.

have you learned from guid­ing over the past decade? I think guid­ing con­tin­ues to give me a healthy re­spect for the mountains. As a guide you end up spending a lot of days in real en­vi­ron­ments. You watch the weather, you chase con­di­tions and you con­stantly strive for a safe, fun and eff icient day. All of that time and ex­pe­ri­ence con­tin­u­ally re­minds me that things change con­stantly and we, as trav­ellers in the mountains, need to al­ways stay adapt­able and make mo­ment-to-mo­ment de­ci­sions. I also feel an in­creased re­spon­si­bil­ity to pre­serve our en­vi­ron­ment and tread as lightly as pos­si­ble, so that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions can en­joy them as we have.

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