Steph Forte and Heather Robinson climb Vegas area 5.13d’s

posted by dpm on 03/03/2011


The ladies have been crushing in the Vegas area with Steph Forte ticking Don’t Call Me Coach at the VRG and Heather Robinson climbing Power Windows at Mt. Potosi.


Forty-three-year-old Steph Forte has been climbing hard since the mid-nineties and shows no signs of slowing.  Her recent ascent of the 5.13d Don’t Call Me Coach is her hardest ascent since she sent Soul Train (5.13d) at Mt. Charleston in 1999.  Don't Call Me Coach has a reputation for being stout and is, for some reason, unpopular.  She chose to project it because there was never a line for it on busy weekends!  This was the first female ascent of the route which has seen very few ascents overall.    


Steph at the Darkside, Red River Gorge.  Photo: John Evans


Heather Robinson claimed the first female ascent of Power Windows (5.13d) at Mt. Potosi.  The line is short, steep and thuggy and Heather remarked on her scorecard that it’s “definitely not a girl route.”    


Heather Robinson on Equalizer (5.13a), Mt. Charleston.  Photo: Patrick Olson