Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Angela Payne began climbing indoors at the age of eleven. Payne spent the next five years participating in junior sport climbing competitions before becoming focused on bouldering. Upon moving to Boulder in 2003 to attend the University of Colorado, Payne employed her plastic pulling skills to win three ABS National Championships and two PCA competitions in the 2003-2004 season. Over the next four years, more than five top three finishes were added to Payne’s competitive bouldering resume.
Her success isn’t just limited to the indoor realm — Payne has numerous notable outdoor ascents under her belt. After making the third female ascent of Midnight Lightning (V8) in 2004, Payne made the first female ascents of more than fifteen boulder problems, including The Kind Traverse V10/11, Sunspot V11, Bushpilot V11, Castaway V11, Silverback V11, Black Ice V10 and Loaded With Power V10.
Angela on Slider (V9), HP40, Alabama.Photo by Jamie Emerson —B3Bouldering.com
These accomplishments earned Angela a Climbing Magazine Golden Piton honorable mention and the 2007 Everest Award in Women’s Bouldering. Currently, Angela is on an extended road trip that will take her to the Southeast, Hueco, Switzerland and France. Upon returning, she plans to complete her degree in sociology and hopes to one day become a veterinarian.
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