The Little Freshman Who Could

Outside magazine, June 1996


The Little Freshman Who Could


Living up to preseason predictions declaring her American sport climbing's next great hope, 15-year-old Katie Brown won the season-opening U.S. competition last March in Tucson, Arizona. Brown's victory, her first in adult competition, was impressive, particularly since she beat the sport's latest top gun, Mia Axon, in the finals. The 37-year-old Axon had just returned from Arizona's Virgin River Gorge, where she became just the fourth woman ever to climb 5.14, joining Robyn Erbesfield, Lynn Hill, and Susi Good.

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