Margo Hayes is not to be underestimated. Since she began climbing in 2008, she has quickly become a consistent podium finisher in sport and bouldering competitions around the world, first in the youth categories and now in the open age category. But not only is she the reigning national champion in women’s sport climbing, she is quickly proving she can keep up with the best in outdoor climbing as well. This fall, she became the first woman to send “Bad Girls Club”, one of Colorado’s most difficult routes at 5.14d, and the previous season she sent two 5.14a’s in a single day. In February 2016, she entered the ranks of the world’s most elite climbers by sending La Rambla and 5.15a route in Siurana, Spain. Beyond her obvious skill, she’s also down to earth and maintains a humble, community-minded attitude, which is why we awarded her with The North Face Young Gun award. Turns out the newest member of the “Bad Girls Club” is actually pretty nice.

  • 1st, Youth World Championships All Around / Combined 2016, Guangzhou, China
  • 1st, SCS Open National Sport Championships 2016, Boston, MA
  • 2nd, Youth World Championships Sport and Bouldering 2015, Arco, ITA
  • First female ascent, Bad Girls Club 5.14d, Rifle, CO
  • The Crew 5.14c, Rifle, CO
  • Pure Imagination 5.14c, The Red River Gorge, KY



Margo Hayes

Margo Hayes