In April 2013, Hueniken became the first North American woman to climb M12 after sending Musashi behind Panther Falls. A few years later, she climbed Steel Koan M13+ in the same cave.
Shortly after her send, she said, “A couple weeks ago, my axes finally hit the ice at the end of Musashi and I fulfilled my goal.”
“A mixture of relief, happiness and anticlimactic realization overcame me. The fear of this exact moment is what almost prevented it from happening.
“Often the best way for me to finish a goal is to have another one waiting, and thankfully the thought of warm rock was a strong draw.”
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Be careful how big you dream…🌈 When I first saw a picture of this route last year, I thought it was the most beautiful piece of ice ever and I pictured @realwillgadd and myself on it ever since. Today, despite a late start, multiple closed gates and warmer temps then hoped for…it became a reality! I was nervous as hell the whole time as It lived up to its intense appearance. So many unknowns, such wild features. Thanks @realwillgadd for being such an ice ⭐️ . And huge thanks @outdoorresearch For believing in the mission!! @johnpricephotography @scarpana @sterlingrope @1hotchillys