Shauna Coxsey Finishes Nuthin but Sunshine (V13)
6/27/13 - Briton Shauna Coxsey reported on Twitter that she climbed Nuthin' but Sunshine (V13) in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, joining the very small group of women that have climbed this grade. This longstanding testpiece was established by Dave Graham in September 2000 and has seen repeats by the likes of Daniel Woods, Paul Robinson, Carlo Traversi, and many more, but this is the problem's first female ascent. (Watch the video below to see Jon Glassberg on the problem.)
Climbing Narc (aka Brian Runnells, who was present for the send) reports that Coxsey, Alex Puccio, and Angie Payne were all working out the moves on the problem. While Puccio was this close, it was Coxsey who nabbed the ascent first, though Puccio will likely follow suit quickly. Payne made history in August 2010 when she pulled off an ascent of The Automator, becoming the first woman to climb a confirmed V13. Several woman since have repeated the feat, including young Ashima Shiraishi.
Coxsey and Puccio are currently on a break from competing in the 2013 international Bouldering World Cup circuit. With only one BWC left (in Munich on August 24), the women are neck and neck, sitting at third and fourth place in rankings—they're only three points apart.
Date of ascent: June 26, 2013