posted by dpm on 08/01/2014
B3bouldering reports on Facebook that Angie Payne has sent Freaks of the Industry (V13) at Lower Chaos Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.
From Angie's blog two years ago:
"Freaks is a nemesis that surpasses all nemeses I have ever had. This is not the first time I have invested multiple seasons in a boulder problem, but it is the first time I have experienced a mental battle of this magnitude. I have done every conceivable link on the boulder problem, save starting from one or two moves in, and I know I am capable of completing it. Yet, I have climbed to the end section of the problem more times than I’ll ever be able to count, only to fall at or a few moves past what is typically considered the linkage crux. I have tried countless mental approaches—getting angry, relaxing, letting my mind wander, repeating a mantra as I climb, screaming, rhythmic breathing, acting like my life depends on it, pretending I couldn’t care less about it, even drawing positive reminders on my arm—you name it, I have probably tried it. But the battle continues."
Sending the problem two years AFTER it had already grown into a nemesis of mythical proportion warrants a huge congratulations.
This is Angie's 2nd V13. Her first was the Automator, also in RMNP, in 2010. Her ascent of that problem marked the world's first female ascent of a confirmed V13. Watch the exclusive DPM video of Angie climbing the Automator by clicking the image below.