Brittany Goris has made the first recorded female ascent of Stingray 5.13d at Joshua Tree, California. It’s one of the most famous trad climbs in North America.
First climbed by Japanese climber Hidetaka Suzuki in 1988, after Mike Paul climbed it on top rope. It’s found on the Iguana Dome and didn’t get a second ascent for 22 years until 2010 by Canadian Sonnie Trottter. Trotter said, “it’s one of the finest cracks I’ve ever seen in my life.”
In 2014, Mason Earle repeated it and in 2015, Matt Segal and Will Stanhope sent it. Goris projected the crack with Prithipal Khalsa, who sent it earlier this year. Goris placed all of the gear on lead and tried the line around 50 times. Watch below.
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Finally finally FINALLY!!! After almost fifty tries, almost two months of effort, and with a finger so swollen and borderline injured that we nicknamed it "El Gigante," on the fourth go of the day I finally sent The Stingray, one of if not the hardest route I've ever done. Full video and blog to come later– for now I'm just overwhelmed with happiness, relief, and gratitude to be at the end of this journey. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to @principle_salsa, my partner who was psyched to belay me for two full weeks after he sent, who held off his own celebrations so we could do it together, and who made this entire thing possible from the very beginning. Also huge thanks to @joshholt1 for jugging a static line and sitting in a harness almost a dozen times to get send footage, to @hobogreg for the amazing photos, and to everyone else that has welcomed me to J Tree and made my time here such a profound chapter in my life. The Stingray, 5.13d, First Female Ascent (that I know of, correct me if not!) @lasportivagram @lasportivana @petzl_official #lasportiva #lasportivana #petzlgram #accessyourpassion #laspomoment #deuter #adventureworthy #climblyfe #climbing_is_my_passion #climblikeagirl #womenwhoclimb #girlswhoclimb #climb #climbing #womenonlead #climbinglife #tradisrad #unitedwesend #doyouclimb #liveclimbrepeat #climbing_lovers #leadclimbing #choosemountains #c_l_i_m_b #crackclimbing #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatree