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Paige Claassen Brings Her A Game Physically and Mentally

One of America’s leading rock climbers is proof positive that the most difficult battles take place in the mind.


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Feeling Worthless? You Could Have Imposter Syndrome.


In September 2019, Molly Mitchell clipped the chains of China Doll (5.14a R) outside Boulder, Colorado, becoming one of the few people—and one of a handful of women—to send 5.14 trad. With that clip, she secured her spot in the upper echelons of climbing for good.

But within a few days, her elation over topping the route had faded.

“I felt like it must not be as hard as people said it was because I was able to do it,” she says. “I started questioning everything about it. Like, if I was able to be confident, could it have really been so hard? Your mind can really spiral.”

Watch Heather Weidner send China Doll in 2016

Talking to her, I could almost see the ticker tape of dialogue. It’s streamed out of my own head so many times.

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