Millie climbs at about 5.5. On a long route, 1,000' of Fun, she needed help at the crux, it goes at 5.6. It was just a bit too much for her size and skills. She can likely boulder higher, she sends some pretty crazy athletic dynamic moves to get on top things and jump to ledges. She's best on slab, her balance is incredible and she can claw in on tiny crimps. Big roofs and overhangs are her nemesis. She's a techniquey climber with powerful bursts.
Her first climbing trip was bouldering in Joe's Valley. She stuck around for the most part and got on top of a lot of boulders, it went well. Next we tried Moe's Valley, another bouldering zone. A place with less forest where she could roam off-leash and not get lost out of site. She got on top more boulders, it was fun.
My goal with her climbing is for her to send routes free. On tall routes I wear a harness and she's attached to it. So she's on belay, but I try not to help her, I try to let her get the route free. She's done some aid climbing, she got on top a tiny tower in Moab, Devil's Golf Ball, with assistance. The only real close call she's had was when rappelling the 1,000' route. Her tail got sucked into the gri-gri, she screamed and clawed into me and a tuft of hair wafted though the air. I was pretty afraid of tail damage but she emerged unscathed, she pulled it back out of the device quickly. Lesson learned.