Anna Liina Laitinen, a 26-year-old climber from Finland, sent Southern Smoke (5.14c) during her first
trip to the Red River Gorge, Kentucky this season. The climb was her first of the grade.
“The first time I was on it, it was like [a] slap in the face! I got totally shut down by the slopers, pinches and long powerful moves,” she tells Rock and Ice.
But, “The route was so good and fun that I was happy to take that slap!”