Get Stoked for Winter – Mikayla Tougas’ First Female Ascent of “First Blood” (M11)

Just because the ice isn't in yet, doesn't mean it's not too early to dust off the ol' tools and 'pons!

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Last week Mikayla Tougas and Zac St. Jules assembled a crew from around New England to head up north to check out Quebec’s dedicated drytooling crag, St. Alban.

They only had two days to climb so day one was spent getting to know the area and day two was dedicated to sending the hardest route at the crag—Nathan Kutcher’s First Blood (M11). The route is ten draws to the anchors and traverses the entirety of the roof in the amphitheater area. It is the longest route at St. Alban.

Zac and Mikayla both took a couple unexpected whippers while figuring out the moves but ultimately both got the send—Zac on his third try and Mikayla on her fifth (which was likely the first female ascent).

Video by Jon Mercer

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