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Allison Vest Makes Quick Work of V12

Early in 2022, she became the first Canadian woman to climb V14

Canadian climber Allison Vest, who moved to the U.S.A. at the start of the pandemic, has just sent Dark Matter V12 in a day. She spent time sorting on the beta using a rope.

About Dark Matter, located in Utah’s Huntington Canyon, Vest said, “Amazing boulder. Twisty and pockety, just the way I like to climb… The move to the mono stack packs a punch just when you think you’re all done!”

Two months ago, Vest became the first woman from Canada to climb V14 with Show Your Scars in Utah. She followed up Dark Matter with a quick send of Beer Can Cave, a popular V10 in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Vest has been the Canadian national champion in boulder and lead, has climbed several V13s and sent her first 5.14 last summer. In a talk with Vest during the early stages of the pandemic, she said, “I’m really excited about my progression thus far in my climbing career and, something that is even more exciting for me, is I still feel like I have a long way to go and that I am improving all the time both in terms of mental and physical abilities.”

Top 13 Vest Boulders

Show Your Scars V14
Army of the Dead V13
Blackout V13
Masterpiece V13
Firestorm V13
Terminator V13
Ghost of War V12
Eclipse V12
Black #1 V12
Chimichunga Classic V12
Half Magic V12
Muffler V12
The Squaminator V12

Show Your Scars V14