posted by dpm on 11/26/2013
Canadian Leslie Timms has climbed Sacred Geometry, a 5.13c trad route at the Red River Gorge.
Leslie Timms at the Red River Gorge. Photo: Leslie's Blog
Sacred Geometry was established in 2012 by Andrew Gearing and, for a very brief time, was the hardest trad route at the Red. The route starts from a ledge above the 5.8 corner Mailbox at the Long Wall and follows a thin seam up the left side of an orange arête. Timms classifies the climbing style as "sport climbing on gear."
Sacred Geometry (5.13c). Photo: Leslie's Blog
Leslie spent a good deal of her fall trip to the Red working on the route and went through quite a process to send it. Her first lead attempt was "terrifying" but soon enough she was taking redpoint burns, one of which ended with a fall from the final hold resulting in a whiplashed neck, sprained ankle, and hurt thumb. After a week off she was able to send the route in below freezing temps just before winter set in.
Timms has now achieved her goal of climbing equally hard above bolts and gear. She is the owner of "On the Rocks," a climbing guiding service based out of the Beaver Valley in Ontario, Canada.
Note: a previous version of this article incorrectly credited Timms with the first female ascent. Jen Sauer has also climbed Sacred Geometry.