Katie Brown

byDougald MacDonald Katie Brown has onsighted the Regular Northwest Face (VI 5.12) of Half Dome, completing the 23-pitch route in about nine hours..Brown´s partner was Alex Honnold, who belayed and carried a pack. The two simul-climbed ?a bunch of the easy stuff,? but Brown led every pitch above 5.9. She had never been on the route before.Brown said the first Zig-Zag Pitch (5.11d) and the crux final slab were the most difficult passages for her. ?Of course, the gods who created Half Dome decided to make the last pitch the hardest, and that after climbing some 20 pitches below,? she wrote on her blog. ?On top of that, it was slab, my nemesis. I really think the only thing that kept me from falling was the desire to not have to climb the pitch again.?Read the full report by Dougald MacDonald at Climbing.com ( Source: Climbing magazine )