Lisa Rands is one of the world’s most accomplished women climbers. She is famed for her ground-breaking achievements in bouldering, traditional free climbing, and in the competitive arena. She was the first American to be ranked number one in the world at competitive bouldering and has inspired a generation of women climbers with her dynamic style, and her bold, gutsy ascents of climbs previously regarded as only, “for the guys.”
Lisa blasted to public attention with her phenomenal bouldering prowess. The first American woman to win an international bouldering event, Lisa took two first-place finishes in her very first year on the international circuit attaining the rank of number one in the world. She also blitzed outdoor climbing competitions such as the Phoenix BoulderBlast/Bouldering Contest and the “Triple Crown” with comprehensive wins (see “Competitions” at left).
Looking beyond the competition circuit, Lisa’s quest for adventure has taken her around the world. Amid the towering granite peaks of Patagonia she made a super-fast all-free ascent of Saint Exupery Spire. On the revered gritstone cliffs of England, Lisa threw herself into the death-defying challenge of “hard grit” climbing, completing the terrifying and spectacular The End of the Affair (E8) at Curbar Edge, in October 2004. With this ascent she was the first woman ever to climb a traditional E8, a grade of difficulty previously the domain of the male elite. Lisa’s ability to handle immense pressure was further proven by her ascent of perhaps the most iconic hard grit line, Gaia (E8) in 2006. She completed the latter for a video project, making the first female ascent in just a two-week visit.
Lisa joined in the exploration of new areas at Rocklands, South Africa, establishing some fine new boulder problems in this emerging climbing Mecca including the exceptional sit-start, Pinotage (v10) among others, and made the first female ascent of numerous hard lines in the area such as Nutsa (v11/12). She has continued her exploration of Alpine terrain, teaming up with Canadian climbing legend Peter Croft in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to establish first ascents in the backcountry.
Known throughout the world for her exceptional talent, Lisa is also recognized for her modest personality and friendly demeanor off the rock – truly an inspiration to all she meets.
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