Anna Stohr Climbs Two V13s in Rocklands, South Africa


Anna Stohr on The Power of One (V13) in Rocklands, South Africa. Photo by Reinhard Fichtinger, courtesy La Sportiva

8/14/13 - Austrian Anna Stöhr climbed two V13s (both first female ascents) in a week in Rocklands, South Africa: The Power of One and The Vice.

German climber Thomas Willenburg made the first ascent of The Vice in 1999; the problem has seen many repeats, but had rebuffed any female ascents until now. Stöhr worked the problem out over four days before completing it.

Matt Wilder first climbed The Power of One; Stöhr's ascent took only three days.

V13 isn't unfamiliar territory for Stöhr; in 2010, she climbed The Riverbed in Magic Wood, Switzerland, becoming the second woman to climb the grade. (Angie Payne was the first with The Automator in Rocky Mountain National Park, a few weeks earlier that year.) Stöhr currently sits on top of Bouldering World Cup rankings, having won six of the seven 2013 comps so far. There is one more Bouldering World Cup in Munich on August 24, but even if Stöhr doesn't win, she'll still take the overall title.

Dates of ascents: August 2013