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 National Park's Half Dome, and, along with climber Lynn Hill, the first female free ascent of the Leaning Tower.[4]

Brown was selected as one of the 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. Around the same time 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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