Beth Rodden considers herself part of the first
generation of “kid climbers,” along with Chris Sharma, Tommy Caldwell and Katie Brown, among others. When she was 19-years-old, she branched out from
the competition scene to climb bigwalls in Kyrgyzstan with Caldwell, Jason Singer and John Dickey. While there, they were kidnapped by Islamic militants for six days before Caldwell pushed their captor off a cliff, allowing them to escape.
“Afterward, I questioned everything, from my recent decision to climb professionally to who I could trust,” Rodden told Rock and Ice.
“I became shy and leery of people.”
In this video by Outdoor Research, Beth Rodden opens up about her life of climbing, being kidnapped and motherhood.
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