Paige Claassen sends Rolihlahla

After three days of work and five attempts, Paige Claassen made the fourth ascent of Rolihlahla, of which Sasha DiGiulian made the first ascent about a week ago, proposing a grade of 34 (5.14b).  Since then, Capetown boulderer Arjan de Kock and Johannesburg local Andrew Pedley, who bolted the route in 2008 and called it The Overlord Project, have made the second and third ascents.  Rolihlahla is another South African masterpiece, a beautiful route featuring a little bit of everything – mantles, no hands rests, crack climbing, a traverse, and a technical face.

Paige Claassen climbing in South Africa

Paige Claassen on Rolihlahla, 32 (5.13d) Photo by Jon Glassberg (lt11)

6 Responses to Paige Claassen sends Rolihlahla

  1. Andy Davies Jul 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    Good job for the girls doing this route but also big congrats to Arjan & Andrew for doing it too – awesome guys!

  2. Brian Weaver Jul 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    You should have seen Andrew! It was a total warm up send! It was phenomenal!!

  3. Chaos Jul 19, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    So the “8c” hype was a lot of nonsense?

  4. Pierre J Jul 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Did even Sasha “I climb 9a” Diguilian get the dreaded Pedley downgrade?

    Sharma better watch out.

    Jumbo Love = Pedley 8c

  5. andrew p Jul 22, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    8c hype was not nonsense, its just difficult to grade an FA, probably more so when you have never climbed on blank quartzite. For Sasha it probably was 8c! But for the folk who are familiar with face climbing with no intermediate holds it is going to be pretty easy, like for Paige and I guess for me. Its going to get walked all over, watch. Anyways, none of the above detracts from what is a spectacular FA, who F-ing cares if its 6c, look at that line, its amazing!

  6. Brian Weaver Jul 22, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    I jumped on it twice this weekend… The line is not a push over. It is painfully technical and blank. I managed to do all the moves but definitely haven’t linked the crux. The holds are painful on the skin and the shoes. It is really a spectacular FA for Sasha and every ascent going forth will be as special. It is thanks to her vision that the line is not a project. THANK YOU SASHA.

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