Jenn Flemming climbing the 80 foot Freeline 5.13b (R) in Eldorado Canyon, snagging its first female ascent, which quite possibly could be the hardest trad route led by a female in Eldorado Canyon. Jenn Flemming is climbing and living in Colorado and worked the line for 8 days before eventually sending it.
“This route is technical, balancey, and intricate; a style that females often excel at says Flemming. Getting the first female ascent of Freeline, in a place like Boulder where the level of talent in the female climbing population is astronomical, is something I am truly proud of.”
Flemming originally from Massachusetts had a hard time with placing gear and relaxing. But good weather on send day gave a boost of confidence.
Confident climbing down low was a key ingredient,says Flemming. The top of the route has an exciting little runout over a number-five stopper, and I powered through that part on sheer desire to not take that fall.
Congrats Jenn, we are looking forward to the photos of your hard work!
“Freeline” is the complete first pitch of the original aid route done by Ron Olevsky in the early 1970s (A3 crux right off the ground back then). It has been reported as both the “Olevsky Route” and “Aid Line”.
The first reported free ascent of pitch one was by Justen Sjong in early 2000 (pitch two was freed by Chris Reveley in the 1970s). The crux is still the first 15 feet, then a long 5.12 section to the bolt, then right into the crux of what is now Evictor. – Source: Mountain Project – Comment by: Steve Levin
Date of ascent: March 18, 2010