adidas Women's Climbing Show Part 2 - Female Climbing Heroes - Highlight

adidas Women's Climbing Show Part 2 

Female Climbing Heroes

Mélissa Le Nevé (FRA), Nina Williams (USA), Shauna Coxsey (GBR) and Petra Klingler (SUI)


The Forêt de Fontainebleau in France, one of the largest forest areas in Western Europe, is the biggest and most developed bouldering area in the world. “Font”, as this climbing Mecca with perfect grey sandstone rocks is often called, is regarded as the cradle of bouldering, which is climbing without a rope above padded mats. The magical bouldering destination is home to one of France’s most famous female climbers - Mélissa Le Nevé. In 2016, she quit her competition career to solely focus on outdoor climbing. Le Nevé is the first woman to have climbed the technical grade 8B+ at Fontainebleau – a globally respected achievement, because the rock in this forest is said to teach humility.



The American pro climber Nina Williams from Boulder, Colorado is also famous within the community, because her specialty are high balls, boulders that are too high to safely jump down. Climbing highballs is rather a masculine domain in this sport. Williams attained worldwide attention with her first female ascent of Ambrosia, a 50-foot highball in Bishop, California. The two passionate outdoor climbers visit two of the world’s best competition climbers, Overall World Cup Champion Shauna Coxsey (GBR) and World Champion Petra Klingler (SUI) at the World Cup in Vail and escape with them afterwards into the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. After months of training and competitions on plastic holds, they enjoy getting their hands on natural rock again.