WATCH: Beth Rodden On Being Kidnapped, Climbing And Becoming a Parent

WATCH: Beth Rodden On Being Kidnapped, Climbing And Becoming a Parent
Beth Rodden is one of the most influential female climbers of all time. Not only was she was the youngest ever female to climb a 5.14a at the age of 18, she is also the only woman in the world to redpoint a 5.14c trad line. While many know about her incredible accomplishments, few know about the internal struggle she faced through it all.

In 2000, Rodden along with Tommy Caldwell, Jason Singer and John Dickey traveled to Kyrgyzstan to tackle its massive big walls. While there, the group was held hostage by a group of militants for six days in the mountains until they managed to overpower their captors in a miraculous escape. After returning home from the ordeal Rodden, feeling isolated from the ordeal, found sanctuary in pouring herself into her climbing. This drive led Rodden down a path that led to great success but also a large amount of struggles. After being plagued with injuries a feeling of self-doubt and insecurity crept over Rodden forcing her to step back from the spotlight. With the support of her husband Randy Puro eventually learned how to feel at ease being vulnerable. This allowed her to take the next great adventure in her life in becoming a mother.

In this short video from Outdoor Research Rodden looks back at these pivotal moments in her career and opens up about her journey:


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