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Not just another pretty face, Lauren Lee has the skills to back up the hype that surrounds this once mid-westerner turned desert rat. The long-time professional climber has based out of Hurricane, UT since 2003 in which time she has proven herself as one of the strongest women in the country by repeating hard lines and establishing many others. An extensive tick list, reaching up to V10 and 5.14, is only the start of admirable credentials that put Ms. Lee at the top of her game. Lee’s natural competitive drive helps her excel in the competition circuit as well. When mentioning her several 1st place finishes in national competitions or her impressive 2nd place finish in the 2003 Worlds Cup in Rovereto, Italy, Lee comes off more matter of fact than gloating. To Lee succeeding is something you do for yourself and nobody else.
Lee’s photo friendly persona has caught attention of many agencies in and out of the climbing community. Featured on covers and pages of media outlets such as Rock and Ice and in several catalogues and calendars like The Women of Climbing Calendar, Lee has dominated climbing’s industry as much as the rock’s scene. Now, after almost a year of dodging the limelight, Lee is recharge to travel, climb, and work with photographers like Keith Ladzinski and Jorge Visser. You’ll find Lee most recently on the cover of the Climbing Magazine’s 2008 January issue and MVM’s February installment. Though Lee isn’t camera shy, she enjoys the simplicity of rancher life filling her rest days with gardening, painting, and biking in the Hurricane Valley desert with her dog Pierre.
But don’t let Lee’s cute face and calm exterior fool you, it is easily broken down at the sight of any challenging route. Lee’s unrailed determination comes paired with what she calls a endless endurance for pain and suffering, stating “I’m pretty calm but there are moments where I’m so driven I’ll go to great lengths to get what I’m going for.”
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