We are so psyched to welcome Lisa Rands as this year's first headline speaker!
A former US national champion and World Cup winner, Lisa has inspired a generation of women climbers with her dynamic style and bold, gutsy ascents of climbs previously regarded as only ‘for the guys’.
Her quest for adventure has taken her around the world including the Alpine spires in Patagonia, new bouldering test pieces in Rocklands and first ascents in China. She was the first woman to climb E8, (on the grit no less!), with The End of the Affair at Curbar in 2004.
Lisa says: "I am honored to be invited to the Women's Climbing Symposium. It has been amazing to see how much women's participation in climbing has increased, and along with it the level of achievement. I am excited to be part of an event that encourages and inspires more women to participate in this amazing sport!"
Shauna caught up with Lisa on her recent trip to the UK, where they trained together at this year's venue, The Depot, Manchester.