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Paige Claassen coming to South Africa

Paige Claassen, a visiting climber from the USA, will be giving a slideshow at Southern Rock.
Paige, currently 22, has been climbing for 13 years.  And in that time she has created an impressive resume of routes.  See her bio below for a better idea of what this professional climber has experienced:

“As a young child, I was not skilled in many activities. I sank in the swimming pool, lacked the coordination needed for basketball, and my saxophone harmony left a lot to be desired.  At the age of nine, my parents took me to the Estes Park Climbing Gym, and I knew I had found my place. Climbing, the sport for misfits, had accepted me with open arms.

I began competing almost immediately, and quickly discovered I performed well under pressure. For the next ten years, I spent my time training in the gym and traveling across the country and world competing.  With the support of family and friends, I traversed the globe with my parents and younger brother to compete in China, Austria, France, Spain, and Canada in both youth and adult World Championships. For results, see Resume.

By 19, I felt worn down from competing and decided to refocus my efforts on difficult routes outside.  Between studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, I climbed throughout the country, making the First Female Ascents of routes such as Grand Ole Opry (5.14b/c) at the Monastery, CO, God’s Own Stone (now 5.13d) in the Red River Gorge, KY, and Motley Crux (5.14a) in Deep Creek, WA.  Summers would take me overseas to sport climb in Spain and France and boulder in Peru, where I tried my hand at developing and climbing untouched boulders on a thirty-day expedition.

December 2012 marked the end of my undergraduate college career, when I graduated with a BA Degree in Marketing.  Since then, I’ve been traveling and climbing in Spain, Cuba, and throughout the US.  I am a nerd.  I am a clean freak.  I like baking chocolate cakes.  I strongly dislike olives.  And I’m very thankful to my parents for introducing me to climbing so I didn’t have to spend my life on the sidelines.”

Join us at Southern Rock on Thursday 20th June at 7pm for a slideshow by Paige.  Tickets will be sold at the door for R30.  To secure your spot email info@southernrockgym.co.za.

Paige Claassen South Africa

On June 17, 2013, professional rock climber Paige Claassen and Louder Than 11 videographer Jon Glassberg hop on a plane to South Africa to kick off the Lead Now Tour by Marmot, a mission to inspire people through rock climbing. Paige works towards raising $120,000 for twelve different non profit organizations, while attempting twelve challenging rock climbing objectives of her own.

Each non profit supports women and children suffering from hunger, abuse, sexual exploitation, oppression, and disasters. Learn more about these partner organizations and how you can support their aid efforts at crowdrise.com/LeadNowTour

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