Katie Brown (rock climber)

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Katie Brown belaying
Katie Brown climbing in Red Rocks.

Katie Brown (born 1981)[1] is an American female rock climber who has made notable ascents in sport climbing, trad, and bouldering.[citation needed]

Brown began sport climbing in Kentucky at the age of 13, and in 1995 aged 14 she won the X Games[2] and a climbing Junior World Championship in Laval.[3]

In October 2008, Brown completed an onsight (free-climbing without knowledge of the route) of the northwest face of Yosemite’s Half Dome, and, along with climber Lynn Hill, the first female free ascent of the Leaning Tower.[4]

Brown was selected 2009 Hot 20 under 40 by 7x7SF Magazine,[5] and is the author of the book Girl on the Rocks: A Woman's Guide to Climbing with Strength, Grace, and Courage. She was featured in a Citibank ThankYou Card Commercial along with Alex Honnold, climbing Fisher Towers near Moab, Utah.


  1. ^ Whiting, Sam (2009-03-13). A star climbs the walls in Berkeley. San Francisco Chronicle, 13 March 2009. Retrieved on 2012-02-11 from http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/03/13/DD1R15P890.DTL.
  2. ^ http://www.womenclimbing.com/climb/timeline_1990s.asp
  3. ^ "UIAA Youth Worldchampionship - Laval 1995 - Result: female youth B lead". ifsc-climbing.org. 6 October 1995. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Douglas MacDonald. "Katie Brown: Half Dome All-Free Onsight". Climbing. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.7x7.com/travel-active/hot-20-2009-katie-brown-top-ranked-climber

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