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This woman is sport climbing. She clips her rope to permanent anchors on the cliff. The woman uses an open grip handhold. She opens her hands and grasps the rock. She presses the inside edge of her shoe on the rock. This is called edging. As she climbs, her body stays upright. She balances her weight over her feet. Her leg muscles push her upward.

Women have played a key role in rock climbing since the beginning. In 1895, Linnie Rogers became the first woman to climb Devils Tower. Her husband had climbed this butte just two years earlier. In 1973, Beverly Johnson and Sibylle Hechtel became the first female team to reach the top of Yosemite’s El Capitan. And recently, Brooke Raboutou was the first US climber to qualify for the Olympics.

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Making Connections


Do you think you would make a good rock climber? Why or why not?


Have you read other books about adventurous athletes? What do they have in common with the rock climbers described in this book?


People enjoy climbing indoors and outdoors. How might climbing indoors be different from climbing outside?

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