Angela VanWiemeersch grew up as a competitive ice skater in Detroit, Michigan where she danced across the horizontal ice until her late-teens. After a few years as a fashion design major in college, Angela embarked on a life-changing bike tour that recalibrated her life. After selling all of her fashion supplies, Angela hitchhiked, paddled, and sailed her way through all of North America from the Arctic Ocean to the Panama Canal. While hitchhiking through California, she heard of a place called Ouray, where people wore spikes on their feet and held axes in their hands to climb frozen waterfalls. She was enamored. She took every last dollar she had and spent it on a months rent in Ouray and a bag full of used climbing gear. Angela found the happiness and inspiration she was looking for and is now fueled by the beauty and challenges that ice climbing offers. From the Ouray Ice Park to Virgin Ice in Zion to amazing alpine adventures in Alaska, Angela is once again dancing on ice, only this time she's moving upward on vertical icefalls.


First Female Ascent of Twin Towers - WI5/6 - PIcutred Rocks National Shoreline, Michigan

First Ascent of Thicker Than Thieves - VI 5.8R A14 M5 7,300-feet - Mt. Hayes, Alaska

First Ascent of The One Who Knocks - WI6 M5 R/X 345-feet - Reid's Peak, Uinta Range, Utah

First Ascent of Golden Spike - WI4 M5 R 345-feet - Reid's Peak, Uinta Range, Utah

First Ascent of Last Man Standing - WI6 PDW 400-feet - Zion National Park, Utah

First Ascent of Chimp Simpelton - WI5 - Pictured Rocks National Shoreline, Michigan

11 First Ascents In and Around Zion National Park - WI3-WI6 up to 450 feet - Zion National Park, Utah

Solo Climb of Ham & Eggs - WI4+ M4 3,000-feet - Mooses Tooth, Central Alaska Range, Alaska

Team Ascent of Trivium - WI4 90-feet - Uinta Range, Utah

Team Ascent of Pico con Grande (Largest Volcanic Plug in the World Nubivagant) - 5.13d 1,500-feet, Free & Aid Climbing - Sao Tome, Africa

Rope Solo of Tombstone Tower via Keswick Lads Day Out - C3 - Moab, Utah

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