Angie Payne

Angie Payne



Boulder, CO

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Angie Payne began climbing indoors at the age of eleven. Payne spent the next five years participating in junior sport climbing competitions before becoming focused on bouldering. Upon moving to Boulder in 2003 to attend the University of Colorado, Payne employed her plastic pulling skills to win three ABS National Championships and two PCA competitions in the 2003-2004 season. Over the next nine years, more than 20 top three finishes were added to Payne’s competitive bouldering resume. Her success isn’t just limited to the indoor realm — Payne has numerous notable outdoor ascents under her belt. Between 2004 and 2013, Payne completed first female ascents of 30 boulder problems V9-V12. In 2010, after climbing European Human Being V12 and No More Greener Grasses V12, Payne completed The Automator and became the first woman in the world to climb a confirmed V13. She has climbed in various areas around the world, including Switzerland, France, and Greenland. Payne currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.

Career Highlights

  • ABS National Champion 2004
  • Podium finishes in more than 25 competitions from 2004-2014
  • First Female Ascents of more than 20 boulder problems V10-V13
  • First female to climb a confirmed V13 (The Automator, Rocky Mountain National Park)
  • UBC Pro Tour Bouldering Competition in Central Park 1st Place 2011
  • Canadian Nationals 1st Place 2011
  • UBC Pro Tour Bouldering Competition @ The Nor’Easter 1st Place 2011
  • Bouldering World Cup 6th place, Vail, CO 2011 & 2013
  • Hueco Rock Rodeo 1st Place 2013
  • First ascents of numerous boulder problems in Greenland, 2012


Nov, 2014

The Summer flew by, and the Fall seems to be doing the same. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been busy traveling, climbing, competing & having a blast doing it all! Since the past 5 months were packed full of events, competitions & other climbing, I wanted to take a moment to share a little update about what I’ve been doing.

  • At the end of July, I sent my 4-season project, Freaks of the Industry (V13). Yes!!! Read the Rock and Ice article
  • Competed in the Vail World Cup Check out the EpicTV profile of me
  • For the past month, I have spent most of my time traveling. First, I went to Zion National Park, where I learned some trad climbing basics, and even lead my very first crack! More photos and video from the trip are forthcoming


Nov, 2013

Recently I read a quote that I liked more than most.

“You think when you wake up in the mornin’ yesterday don’t count.  But yesterday is all that does count.  What else is there?  Your life is made out of the days it’s made out of.  Nothin’ else.” –Cormac McCarthy

For me this rang true.  This year more than others I am realizing how many factors, moments, decisions and experiences have come together to bring me to where I am.

And since many yesterdays have passed since I last wrote, I won’t attempt to catch up with words.  Instead, here is a gallery of some photos that have gone unposted. See the Pics


August, 2013

At the beginning of the Colorado bouldering season, I went to a boulder problem called Sunseeker at Mt. Evans.  It is one of the most beautiful lines I have ever seen and is only safely climbable for a small window of time early in the season when snow covers the unpleasant landing.  Conspicuous Consumption was the original problem on this boulder and was established by Cameron Cross.  A few relatively easy moves lead to some committing slab moves and an awkward reach to the lip.  It took me many tries to commit to the top, and I was very intimidated, but it was well worth it, because this boulder is simply spectacular.  The low start (Sunseeker), saw numerous ascents this season and has now been added to my lifetime to do list. Continue Reading

Angie Payne