Alex Puccio Bags Another V14: “Super Low Chimichanga Right”
Last Thursday, May 14, Alex Puccio climbed her sixth V14: Super Low Chimichanga Right. The climb is a variation of Chimichanga, V13, which Puccio completed last June, and could be a first ascent.
“Soft Maybe FA!?? Adds a 4 move V8-9 into the V13. Chimichanga is really my style to a T so not too sure of the grade,” wrote Puccio on 8a.nu. “The super low is definitely harder the shorter you are. You have to do more moves and get really spread out!”
Four days later, Puccio posted to Instagram about the climb.
“Did this super low start to Chimichanga Right the other day really quickly, 30 min or so,” wrote Puccio. “The name ??♀️ ‘Super Low Chimichanga Right’ V14…Might be an FA, but really it’s just adding a V8/9 into the V13. Psyched to be out in the sun and getting in some rock!!!”
Puccio sent Super Low Chimichanga Left (V13/8B) on the same day.
“Good, double send day. Did this and Super Low Chimichanga Left. Both went really fast,” wrote Puccio on 8a.nu.
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She also sent Muscle Car Light (V13/8B), which is featured in her video on Instagram, and two additional V13s. This brings her total to 36 climbs of the grade.
These accomplishments come in the wake of the Coronavirus shutdown. Climbing restrictions in Colorado, where Puccio is based, are slowly loosening.
“Feeling happy to be able to climb safely out here in Colorado,” wrote Puccio on Instagram, “Never thought I would be psyched to not see or be around people when climbing.”
Last June, Puccio ticked Chimichanga (V13/8B+), Chimichanga Classic (V12/8A+), Dia-a-bolical Stand (V11/8A), and Chimichanga Stand (V9/7C) in one day.
“It definitely didn’t disappoint!” said Puccio of the boulder on Instagram.
In 2014, Alex Puccio was the fourth woman to climb V14 with her send of Jade. Puccio’s other past V14s are Heritage, Valle Bavona, Switzerland; The Penrose Step, Leavenworth, Washington; New Base Line, Magic Wood, Switzerland; and The Wheel of Chaos, in Rocky Mountain National Park. Puccio made the first female ascents for both Jade and The Wheel of Chaos.