Nina Williams has added another highball problem to her impressive list of bold ascents with the 34-foot-tall Flight of the Bumblebee V8 on Brown Wall Boulder in Bishop.
Williams has long been an inspiring climbing for many who pushes difficult lines. In 2019, she was featured in the film The High Road, which premiered in Canada at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. It focused on Williams’ method of working highballs, including her ascent of Too Big to Flail V10, a 15-metre-tall problem.
Flight of the Bumblebee was first climbed in 2007 by Kevin Jorgeson and was repeated shortly after by Kevin Daniels. From 2007 to 2014, the Bishop Bouldering Blog was the go-to site for Bishop news. In this post, Daniels talks about climbing Flight of the Bumblebee and thinking it was an FA. The problem has been repeated several times over the past 15 years.
Nina Williams Top Climbs
2015: Speed of Life V10, Farley, Massachusetts
2015: Footprints V9, Bishop, California
2015: Ray of Light V13, Rocklands, South Africa; first female ascent
2016: Final Frontier 5.13b, Yosemite, California
2016: Evilution Direct V11, Bishop, California; first female ascent
2017: Ambrosia V11, Bishop, California; first female ascent, first woman to complete the Grandpa Peabody trifecta
2018: Father Time 5.13b 20p, Yosemite, California
2018: Window Shopper V12, Boulder, Colorado; first female ascent
2019: Too Big To Flail V10, Bishop, California; seventh ascent, first female ascent