Isabelle Faus, one of the strongest female boulderers of the past several years, has sent her second V14 with The Wheel
of Chaos at Upper Chaos Canyon in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. “Finally got her done!” she reports on Instagram.
Faus, 23, started working The Wheel of Chaos back in 2015. This September, she posted on Instagram, “Been feeling really good on the wheel but just can’t
seem to make it happen.” Finally, earlier this week, with a “great crew” supporting her, she put the problem to rest.
Daniel Woods established The Wheel of Chaos in mid-2013.The problem’s difficulty is made greater by its remoteness, a four-mile hike in, and altitude of
over 10 thousand feet.
“The line is 23 moves long straight out the belly of this overhung, green lichen filled boulder,” Woods described in a Facebook post. “The beginning is
physical with long lock offs between half pad incut edges and flat crimps. You reach a good incut rail at the 3/4 mark, then have to execute the final
8A [V11] technical boulder at the end.” The name Woods bestowed on the route is an homage to the The Wheel of Life (V15), a lengthy roof problem in
the Grampians of Australia.
The Wheel of Chaos is Faus’ second V14 after Amandla, a crimpy Fred Nicole boulder problem in Rocklands, South Africa.
In sending Amandla in August 2015, Faus claimed the first female ascent of the route and became one of only five women women to have climbed V14 or
harder. Wheel of Chaos was also Alex Puccio’s second V14 ascent.
Faus is also a notable first ascensionist, having put up The Dark Daughter (V13) in Rocky Mountain National Park, among other hard lines. The line adds
a sit start and traverse to a previous problem, Child Of God, established by Dave Graham.
Watch Daniel Woods on the FA of Wheel of Chaos (V14):