Mayan Smith-Gobat reached one of her life goals the other day by climbing L'arcademicien, 8c, at Céüse for its first female ascent and her first 8c: "Today (5 Sept) I made the first female ascent of ?L?arcademicien?, a real 8c, during a stunning sunset. I clipped the chains with an incredible felling of elation and relief, just as the full moon was rising!" "L?arcademicien is a relatively new route, yet is very typical ?Ceuse-style? climbing. It follows a grey streak up 25 meters of very sustained, technical climbing on micro holds, interrupted by the occasional long lock to a reasonable hold. Not only is this the hardest route I have climbed, but also the first time a Kiwi woman has climbed 8c, and the second NZ ascent of an 8c outside of New Zealand [the first being Scott Mooney's ascent of Canlar Senin Icin Caliyor at Hereke].".
Mayan Smith-Gobat on the crux of L'arcademicien, 8c, Céüse, France