Brooke Raboutou with a quick and amazing send of the notorious crimp line Jade (V14/8B+) in Rocky Mountain National Park.
“Jade has always been a ‘bucket list’ climb for me, but one I thought I would always need to be stronger to do, or even try,” wrote Raboutou on Instagram August 16. “The first day I was on it I was pleasantly surprised by how I felt on the climb, second day I fell on the V10 stand and yesterday I was able to send first try of the day and felt as though I was floating up the wall,” she wrote.
Jade was established by Daniel Woods in 2007. The problem had been dubbed the “Green 45 Project” by Dave Graham, who discovered the line. Originally graded V15, it eventually settled at solid V14 and is one of the crown jewels of Rocky Mountain National Park bouldering.
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A host of strong climbers have tested their mettle against Jade in the years since Daniel Woods first climbed it. Alex Puccio made the first female ascent in August 2014.
Adam Ondra famously flashed it in June 2015.“Surreal moment of flashing this problem,” Ondra reported on 8a.nu. “Despite two days of World Cup before, I felt strong and with perfect skin. Super happy. Thank you Dave [Graham] for the beta.”