Long Climb the Queen

May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine
Outside magazine, March 1996

Long Climb the Queen
By Todd Balf and Paul Kvinta (with Brian Alexander and Steve Law)

In what may have been her finest and final performance, American expatriate Robyn Erbesfield captured the sport-climbing season finale in Aix-les-Bains, France, last December to win her fourth consecutive World Cup title. Going into the final, the 32-year-old Erbesfield appeared to have little chance of overtaking French sensation Laurence Guyon, who had put together a string of spectacular performances early in the season. Erbesfield--who had to win outright, with Guyon finishing no better than fourth, to take the title--applied pressure by flashing the overhanging 30-foot roof, while Guyon, looking a bit rushed, fell early and placed a season-worst fifth.

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