Beth Rodden is the youngest woman to ever succeed on a rock climbing route in grade 5.14a. She is also the only woman who completed a 5.14c grade climb.
Rodden is a renowned name in the rock-climbing community with many achievements. She is known for her courage and bravery among other climbers.
Besides being known for her rock climbing skills, Rodden is also known for her partnership with her ex-husband Tommy Caldwell.
Like Rodden, Caldwell is also a renowned rock climber with his own set of unbelievable achievements. Though the two conquered many climbs together, now they are divorced and happily remarried to their current spouses.
Biography & Wiki Quick Summary
|Date of birth
|April 5, 1980
|43 years old
|Place of birth
|San Fransico, California, USA
|Davis, California, USA
|1.5 Million USD
|5 ft 1 in (155 cm)
Beth Rodden’s Net Worth
Rodden has actively participated in many rock climbing competitions since an early age.
She has also set many records and added achievements to her name in the rock climbing field.
Over these years, she has earned a great deal of fame and a decent amount of fortune for herself. The skillful rock climber has around 1.5 million USD as her net worth.
Family and Early Life
The rock climber has not shared much about the identity of her parents or her sibling. However, she has shared her personal experiences.
Rodden shared that her parents used to take her and her brother to watch the mountains.
She also shared that she started competing in rock climbing competitions in her high school days.
Rodden had a strict routine when she was in high school. She used to train in the gym on Mondays, then breaks on Tuesdays to work out lightly on Wednesdays.
On Thursdays, she used to pack her climbing gear and other stuff, and on Fridays, she used to fly with her father to compete in the competitions on weekends.
She followed this routine throughout high school. In high school, she was a hard-working student who believed that partying was a waste of time. She would spend hours and hours taking notes and even got blisters from overwriting.
It all changed once she started college. In college, she stayed in a dorm and became a bit independent.
During the second year of college, she took leave from her studies and went to Oregon to live at Smith Rock State Park.
While staying in the park, she wanted to conquer the To Bolt or Not To Be route that her role model, Lynn Hill, had just completed a year ago.
Conquering the route was the start of an adventurous journey for Rodden, which has not stopped even to this day.
Rodden has continued her passion for rock climbing even when she is a mom now. She even did rock climbing till six or seven weeks of her pregnancy.
She has not let anything stop her from continuing what she loves doing, and her present husband is also all supportive of her.
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Beth Rodden’s Ex-husband Tommy Caldwell and Present Husband Randy Puro
Rodden was previously married to a fellow rock climber, Tommy Caldwell, whom she met during Junior rock climbing competitions in 1995.
They hit it off and dated for several years before tying the knot in 2003. Before getting married, Rodden had doubts about her relationship so, she wanted to break up with Caldwell. However, Caldwell talked her into giving it a bit of time and thinking during their next trip.
The couple eventually got married and remained married for six years before calling it quits.
The reason for their divorce was infidelity from Rodden. During one of their climbing trips, Rodden had met another man named Randy Puro. Puro was a software engineer who liked rock climbing as a hobby.
Rodden was having an affair with Puro even when she was still married to Caldwell. Later, she confessed to her then-husband Caldwell, and they even went to couple therapy.
But things did not work out, and the two got divorced. Rodden married Puro in 2012 and gave birth to their son, Thoe, in 2014.
Meanwhile, Caldwell also met someone else and started a family with her.
In one of the interviews, Rodden shared that during her marriage with Caldwell, she felt like she was following the dreams of her then-husband and had no passion. However, things were different with her present husband, Puro.
With Puro, she got a sense of regular life, which she did not have with her former husband. And this leads to her divorce from her first husband and marriage to her present one.
Rodden has not shared about her high school, but she has shared that she attended the University of California at Davis for college.
Though she enrolled in university and even stayed in a dorm to study for a while, she dropped out to pursue her career in rock climbing midway. Because of this, she did not complete college.
The 43 year-old rock climber started her career at an early age.
She started participating in many junior-level climbing competitions ever since her high school days. She was in the junior national JCCA championship for three years since 1996.
For her competitions, she used to train in a local climbing gym in her hometown but had no experience in climbing outdoors.
All this changed when she got into college and took a semester to conquer the To Bolt or Not To Be where she found her true calling.
She also met her role model, Lynn Hill, on her trip. Hill motivated her and even threw her a pizza party when Rodden achieved her goal.
Hill also asked the young rock climber to accompany her during the trip to Madagascar. Rodden accepted the offer and flew to Madagascar.
A year after her trip with Hill, she flew to Kyrgyzstan with her ex-husband, photographer Jason Smith, and fellow climber Jason Smith.
The trip to Kyrgyzstan soon turned into a nightmare after the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan abducted the group for six days.
The group somehow escaped from their abductors after Caldwell pushed the guard guarding them off the cliff, and the nightmare ended. However, the whole experience shook Rodden to her core.
It took her some time to overcome this trauma, but she finally made her come back. She climbed the El Capitan the following year to raise funds for the families of the 9/11 rescuers.
A few years later, in 2005, she climbed The Nose as the first woman ever to succeed in free climbing two routes of El Capitan.
The same year she also climbed The Optimist and became the first American woman to make a successful climb of grade 5.14b.
She continued her climbing adventure, conquered Meltdown in 2008, and became the first woman to accomplish it.
Rodden suffered many injuries and traumas throughout her rock climbing journey but never let it stop her.
To this day, she has been following her passion. She even takes her sons on trips and has been a great advocate for moms in rock climbing.
Yes, Beth is married to her second husband Randy Puro.
She is 5 feet 1 inch tall. So, she is quite short in stature.
Beth Rodden is 43 years old.
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