Part of the first generation of kid climbers who hit the scene through climbing gyms in the early '90s, Beth got started at age 14 and quickly rose to the top of national and international competitions. After high school she took her pursuit outdoors, pushing the limits of free climbing on El Cap and establishing first ascents in both sport climbing and traditional climbing—including rarely repeated crack climbs noted to be among the hardest in the world.
After nearly a decade of pushing herself physically, she decided to embark on another adventure: motherhood. Without seeing other female professional climbers continuing careers through motherhood, she knew she wanted to do both. Through the process, she’s become a vocal advocate for women and mothers in athletics and for body image acceptance in climbing. Today she lives with her family in Yosemite, where she climbs as much as she can and is working on her first book.
Through her writing, social media presence and in-person events, Beth stands up for body image acceptance within the climbing community, where that issue has often been ignored in the past. She also serves as a role model and advocate for mothers in athletics.
First free ascent of Lurking Fear on El Cap, 5.13c, with Tommy Caldwell
Third free ascent of The Nose of El Cap, 5.14a, with Tommy Caldwell
First ascent of The Optimist, 5.14b, Smith Rock
First ascent of Meltdown, 5.14c, Yosemite