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9 Future Female Crushers
Full-time engineer, Hueco guide, and crusher Richelle Hepler focuses on the sharp crimps of Free Willy (V10), Hueco Tanks, Texas.
A climber of less than a year, Kassandra De Rudder climbed well on the steep Feet of Fire (5.11c) in La Mojarra, Colombia.
Kestrel Pikiewicz, age 9, leads the Squamish classic Climb of the Century (5.11b/c) on pre-placed gear.
Alena Holbert climbs Genesis (5.12a) on the polished limestone of Rifle, Colorado.
Miriam Borgstrom, age 13, sending The Dirty Rail (V7) in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada.
Tammy Watson cruising on Buttermilks jugs before a road trip across the American West.
Avery Hoffman, 12, became addicted to granite after her first trip to Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California.
Guadalupe “Lupita” Viero crushing the first pitch of Lostfingers (5.10c), Frey, Patagonia, Argentina.
8-year-old Lily Nguyen bouldering at Big Bend in Moab, Utah, during a 6,000-mile cross-country road trip.
The next Lynn Hill, Ashima Shiraishi, or Alex Puccio is out there climbing now. For the September Women’s Issue of our print edition, our readers submitted photos of the badass up-and-coming women in their lives.