Caroline Ciavaldini on Mind control, 8c+, Oliana, Spain
Björn Pohl - UKC, Mar 2012
© Francisco Taranto Jr.
Women are repeating Mind control, 8c+, at Oliana, as if it's going out of fashion. The latest quick ascent was made by Caroline Ciavaldini the other day, making her the first woman, after Daila Ojeda and Nina Caprez, to accomplish this feat.
James Pearson, Caroline's boyfriend:
Yesterday, just one day before her birthday, Caroline managed to fight her way to the top of Mind Control at the Spanish super cliff of Oliana. Having climbed the route a few days before, I had a pretty good idea of the difficulties involved, and decided to devote my rest day to being the perfect little Gri-Gri girl (boy) to give her the best chance of success.
She clipped the belay on her second try of the day, 3rd red-point in total, with another inspirational display of grit and determination – there was no way she was letting go of the final tricky tufa.
With the route ticked, there is nothing else to to today but lie happily in the sun, watch the beautiful view, and enjoy the company of good friends – what more could you wish for on your birthday?
Apparently, it was!