Rock goddess Steph Davis has recently added another impressive bullet point to her resume, as according to this story over at Alpinist.com she managed to complete Concepcion, an ungraded 220 foot route in Day Canyon near Moab. It is the first female ascent of the route, and the third overall.
Davis says that Concepcion was her most technically demanding project to date, calling the it “one of the most striking splitter cracks” she’d ever seen. The climb starts out as a challenging boulder problem and increases in difficult from there as it slowly beings to widen from a relatively narrow seam to an offwidth full blown crack. Still, she attacked the route strongly, and says that she only put up two cams in the final 70 or 80 feet.
After a rough winter in which she suffered some challenging injuries, Steph says that it was a relief to get back out on the rock and challenge herself on this route. She also notes that her recent BASE jumping adventures have helped her climbing in ways she hadn’t expected. You can read more in her personal blog entitled High Infatuation.
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