Rands sends 8a bloc!

Webcrag reports: With her ascent of Plain High Drifter, 8a bloc/V11, Lisa Rands may be the first American woman to climb a problem of this grade. The problem was first done by Chris Sharma and is a variation to the start of Dale Bard´s High Plains Drifter. The problem begins with the right hand on an obvious sidepull with the left on tiny crimp at about the same level. It goes up via two very hard moves — first to a small crimp/pinch directly above and then followed by a long press from a bad pinch/crimp to reach a high right crimp. The problem is a really pure and beautiful sequence that takles the thinnest and steepest section of rock then goes back left and finishes on High Plains Drifter. The rating was recently confirmed by Fred Nicole and Dave Graham. Rands had tried the problem on four or five separate days over the winter before.