Alex Johnson: Lethal Design (V12)

posted by dpm on 02/02/2012


Alex Johnson has been touring the southwest this winter and her recent ascent of Lethal Design (V12) in Red Rocks is just one more notch on her impressive tick-list.  According to her 8a scorecard she “worked out all the moves quick and sent first burn.” While in Red Rocks, Nevada she also ticked off Stake Your Claim, Americana Exotica, and Scare Tactics (all V10) as well as a handful of V9’s. 

Before her stint in the Vegas area, Alex was posted up in the Bishop and Yosemite, California area.  In Yosemite she pulled off a near flash ascent of Drive On (V10/11) and quickly finished it up second try. She also managed some more V10’s including Cindy, Thriller, and Diesel Power as well as some other classics like the Force (V9) and a flash of the Tombstone (V9). 

In Bishop’s Buttermilks she wasn’t afraid to get high off the ground and took on a few noteworthy highballs.  Wills Young gave a nod on the Bishop Bouldering Blog saying, “On this trip she has taken things to a new height by getting off the deck on some of the area's taller problems. It impresses to hear of her ascents of Mesothelioma (V7), Golden Shower (V10) and The Ninth (V6), all at The Pollen Grains (a.k.a. Lydija Boulders) in a day. But, I was most pleased to hear she had gone out and repeated Golden Age (V8?) out at Dale's Camp.”  This was likely the second ascent of the line that Alex describes as a “wicked tall patina arête boulder rock climb.”

Alex Johnson on Golden Age (V8/9).  Photo: Sasha Turrentine/Bishop Bouldering Blog

Most impressive about Alex’s recent climbing accomplishments are the sheer numbers of boulder problems she has accumulated.  She’s racked up nearly thirty V9 and harder problems in just the past three months.  Congrats Alex, keep it up!

Source:, Bishop Bouldering Blog