Paige Claassen has sent her Squamish project Dreamcatcher 5.14d on the Cacodemon Boulder. She’s the first woman to tick the classic hard route. Conditions on the west coast have improved after a hot and smoky summer.
“I climbed well to the final rest, stuck my highpoint, and then made a conscious decision to not let go,” Claassen wrote on Instagram below. “I think I tried the hardest I’ve ever tried in my life. What a weird day, but so happy to have found my passat on this dream line.”
The burly route was climbed this May by Vancouver’s JJ Mah. It was also climbed in 2019 by Nicholas Milburn, top American boulderer Jimmy Webb climbed it in 2018, and Mike Foley climbed it in 2017.
The first ascent was by Chris Sharma, and it was first repeated by Sean McColl in 2009. The third ascent was by Ben Harnden in 2012 and then Alex Megos climbed it in three tries. Mah started to work on the climb, which Adam Ondra tried to flash, last October and climbed it after around 15 sessions.
Claassen had climbed the grade before, with Algorithm 5.14d, Shadowboxing 5.14d and Kryptonite 5.14d. Visit Claassen below for more on her historic send.