Kathy Cook: An Inspirational Climber Indeed!

Kathy is a long time member and friend to the Pacific Edge Community.

Recently in Spring 2017, Kathy accomplished what many climbers have not done or have even bothered to try.
She has climbed 100+ distinctly different lead routes on the often run out & crumbly crags of Pinnacles National Park.

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Leading "Walk the Plank"

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Drilling her first Bolt on
"Where the sun don't Shine"

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Kathy's 100th Lead
"Two Bits"

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Kathy's Story 

As told by her partner in life and climbing, John Cook.

A Tribute to a Mistress of Mud - By John Cook

I’d like to say a few words about my amazing wife Kathy.

She recently led her 100th route at Pinnacles – quite possibly a unique feat. Just to be clear, that is 100 different routes led in good style – no hangs, no falls and nothing pre-placed.

Kat and I started climbing at Pinnacles a little more than 5 years ago.It all started when I marched us up into the High Peaks to lead the Regular Route on The Flatiron. Since then it has been one adventure after another.

It only took Kat a few months to wrap her head around leading. Once she did, she steadily progressed into the mindset needed to stay on the sharp end and then we started doing first ascents a few years ago.

Kat’s 51st lead was a truly unique, ground up, on sight, stance-bolted first ascent. She and several other ladies established the first all women’s ascent at Pinnacles! Here is an excerpt from the route description (new routes list on Mud and Crud).

"Tuff Chix 5.7 - Tuff Chix starts in a lower-angle water chute. Three bolts protect climbing to an up-and- left ramp. Awkward climbing here can be protected by two to four inch cams. A fourth bolt at the end of the ramp protects moves up another water chute, past a fifth bolt and the route crux. It is 65 feet to the end of the route and a two-bolt anchor. FA Party: Kathy Cook, Alacia Welch, Tricia Young, Lisa Lee. Special note: Tuff Chix was the first (and to date only) first ascent made at Pinnacles by a female-only climbing party. No male climbers were allowed to participate in creating this route (with pride and in fun; men weren’t even allowed to belay or do anything other than watch the ascent)."

Kat continues to participate in first ascents, having fun and adventures on a regular basis. She has also followed hundreds of other different routes that I’ve led at Pinnacles. In addition to her climbing accomplishments, Kat is also one of the nicest people I know. She is upbeat, generous, friendly, disciplined, honest and dedicated. She is a mentor to other climbers – young and old. I am honored to be her partner in climbing and in life.

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