Isabelle Faus, 22, sent Amandla (8B+/V14) in Rocklands, South Africa today. Not only did she claim the first female ascent of the Fred Nicole crimp-classic, she also became the fifth female in history to boulder V14.
Faus, from Boulder, Colorado, has previously climbed two V13’s. On Christmas Eve, 2014, she sent the Daniel Wood’s test-piece Epochalypse at Flagstaff Mountain—a six-move extension into Thrice (V12), which she had climbed earlier that year. In June this year, she ticked her second V13 with Nuthin but Sunshine in Rocky Mountain National Park—a dynamic and crimpy problem put up by Dave Graham.
Amandla, established by Fred Nicole in 2005, is a Rocklands testpiece. Earlier reports have mentioned that a crimp broke on the problem (making a larger hold) following Nicole's first ascent, but Faus informs us that a hold never broke and the difficutly remaisn the same. With this ascent, she joins the ranks as one of the strongest boulderers in the world—and the fifth female to send V14.
In 2012, Tomoko Ogawa became the first woman to climb V14 when she sent Dai Koyamada’s Catharsis in Shiobara, Japan. In 2014, Ashima Shiraishi, at age 13, became the second by crushing Fred Nicole’s Golden Shadow in Rocklands. Shauna Coxsey followed that year with her ascent of New Base Line in Magic Wood, and Alex Puccio, with Jade in RMNP, Colorado.
@fred_nicole & @fausey ,, getting Syked for the day ,,, Isabelle just climbed Freds test piece Amandala for the first lady's ascent ... Proud boy friend ,, I am .. Now to find some boyfriend problems !!! & I think Freds up to something out here ,,, hard new ones !!! #rocklands
Phillip Schaal on Amandla (V14), Rocklands:
Amandla 8B+ from Moon Climbing on Vimeo.
Ashima Shiraishi, 13, Becomes Second Female to Climb V14
Q&A: Shauna Coxsey Third Woman to Climb V14
Alex Puccio Sends Jade (V14)