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American Paige Claassen Climbs Flatanger 5.14c

American climber Paige Claassen has completed a three-and-a-half week project at Flatanger, Norway, with her ascent of Eye of Odin 5.14c.

Claassen reported after her climb, “The traverse holds leading up to the second crux were wetter than normal, but I knew that if I could make it past that section, the ‘eye’ crux (the third and most difficult crux) would be dry.

“It felt tough, like every other burn, but I tried really hard and didn’t blow it on the fourth crux despite feeling very nervous, pumped, and a bit powered down. This is a life list route for me!”

Claassen sent the steep line wearing one La Sportiva Genius and one La Sportiva Skwama.

Claassen has a long list of accomplishments and top climbs to her name, including the trad climb Triple Jeopardy 5.13c in South Africa, Digital Warfare 5.14 first ascent in South Africa, Just do It 5.14c in Smith Rock and Hard Boiled V11 in Colorado.

“Today, I’m most interested in testing myself on historic sport routes around the world,” said Claassen.

“As I continue to grow and expand within the sport, traditional climbing has made its way onto my goal list; 2015 began with one of my first serious trad leads – Triple Jeopardy 5.13c.”

Watch Claassen projecting Sarchasm, a high-alpine 5.14 sport route in Rocky Mountain National Park, outside of her hometown of Estes Park.