Last weekend in Spain, 19-year-old Boulder native Margo Hayes became the first woman ever to climb a grade of 9a+ or 5.15a. After only seven days projecting the climb, Hayes reached the chains of La Rambla. This renowned route has been climbed successfully by less than 20 people, all of them men, including well-known climbers Chris Sharma, Adam Ondra, and Jonathan Siegrist.
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Hayes started off as a national gymnast and transitioned into climbing at a young age. By the time she was 10, she joined Team ABC and began to compete across the globe. In 2016, she sent multiple 5.14s, including the Bad Girls Club (5.14d) in Rifle, CO and was the USAC Sport Open National Champion.
On her Instagram, Margo reflected on her amazing accomplishment over the weekend:
“I am overwhelmed and humbled by the support I’ve received from the climbing community, and my family and friends near and far. None of us achieves our dreams alone, we do so together, and build on those who have come before us. We are a community that not only supports each other regardless of our backgrounds and differences, but is also one that realizes the importance of respecting and preserving our planet. The climbers at the cliffs in Siurana last weekend came from many nations, and were a snapshot of what the world can be like, one of support, communication, and peace.”
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