2016 was equally busy for the newly qualified junior doctor, who tried her hand at big wall aid climbing, successfully ticking Triple Direct (5.9 C2, 35 pitches) and Lurking Fear (5.7 C2, 19 pitches) on El Capitan during a trip to Yosemite. Back on Scottish soil she set the female FKT of 12 hours for a winter traverse of the Cuillin Ridge.
“This was a long-term dream of mine!” says Anna. “Until recently it was very rare to complete a single-day winter traverse and I believe I am the first female to do so. I think with a shift in mind set, one-day winter traverses will become more common and I would like to go back and do this faster.”
The following summer Anna returned to Skype to set the female FKT for a summer traverse of the ridge, with an impressive time of 6 hours 34 minutes.
“I have spent a lot of time on the Cuillin Ridge,” explains Anna, “learning the intricacies of the route but also rehearsing the climbing sections so that I am comfortable soloing these. There are three particular sections, which are very serious (usually climbed with ropes/abseiled). This is an ongoing project for me, as I would like to significantly cut down my time!”