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Canadian Rebecca Lewis Quickly Climbs Two M11 Routes

Ontario-based climber Rebecca Lewis capped a strong finish at the Ouray Ice Fest this January by climbing two hard mixed routes.
Rebecca Lewis on Super Juan M11

Rebecca Lewis on Super Juan M11

Lewis went to Colorado just after Christmas to acclimatize for the Ouray Ice Fest. She climbed in Vail and then headed to the Hall of Justice.

At the Hall of Justice, she got on Super Juan, which is graded M11 to the first anchors. Lewis feels “the route might be a bit soft for the grade.” Super Juan is an endurance route and perfect for gaining fitness. The line features plenty of figure-four moves out of a big roof. Lewis sent Super Juan on January 14, 2018.
  •  Rebecca Lewis on Adamantium Injection M11

    Rebecca Lewis on Adamantium Injection M11

  •  Rebecca Lewis on Adamantium Injection M11

    Rebecca Lewis on Adamantium Injection M11

Lewis also spent two days working Adamantium Injection M11, which is less steep, but far more technical, with big pulls.

Lewis then stepped away from from the routes at the Hall of Justice to rest and prepare for the Ouray Ice Fest (January 20, 2018). At the comp, Lewis tied for third place for height climbed, but took fifth overall in the Women’s category due to time.

After a short break, Lewis returned to the Hall of Justice and sent Adamantium Injection M11 on January 23, 2018. This is Lewis’s third M11, making her one of a handful of North American women who have climbed this many routes at this grade.
Rebecca Lewis lowering after a redpointing Super Juan M11

Rebecca Lewis lowering after a redpointing Super Juan M11

Lewis and her husband Nate Kutcher are members of the Canadian National Ice Climbing team and are competing at this year’s Ice Climbing World Cup in China February 3-4, Korea February 10-11, and Russia March 3-4.
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is a freelance writer who has been involved in the outdoor industry for over 25 years. During his career he has been the editor at Canada’s national climbing magazine, as well as the gear editor for a national cycling magazine, triathlon magazine and running magazine. His work has been published in Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and he has been a guest on television and radio broadcasts. His passion for climbing began in Ontario in the mid 80s and he continues to travel extensively in search of crisp conditions and steep rock.