Beth Rodden is Back


Beth Rodden established herself as one of the world's best climbers: She was the youngest woman to climb 5.14 (To Bolt or Not to Be in Smith Rock, Oregon) in 1998; made the first free ascent of Lurking Fear (5.13c) on El Capitan in 2000 with then-husband Tommy Caldwell; and established Meltdown (5.14c), considered Yosemite's hardest climb, and one of the hardest traditional climbs in the U.S. In 2009, Rodden tore the labrum in her right shoulder; it led to other injuries, and she opted for surgery, which forced her to take a lot of time off from climbing to recover. Watch her story of recovery here.