By doing Fish eye at Oliana, 20 year old Maria Davies Sandbu has become the second Norwegian woman, after Hannah Midtbö, to climb 8c.
According to Maria, The crux [of Fish eye] is no doubt the middle section where you have to make 10-12 intense moves after an ok rest. The last four of these moves are quite hard.
When I got through this part I got the feeling all I had to do was to keep a cool head and not mess anything up and I would get to the top.
I had three days on the route this Christmas, climbing through it three and a half times.
Now I needed three more tries.
Maria only had four days in Spain this trip, so getting on Mind control, which Sasha Digiulian made the 4th female ascent of last week, was out of the question, and it will be a while before she comes back to the crag.
During this short trip, she also managed to climb two 8b's at Santa Linya.
The plan now is to focus on bouldering power in order to get strong for this summer's Rocklands trip. She spent last summer there and thinks it insanely good.
This means she will miss the summer World cups, but at least she will compete at Imst, Puurs and Kranj, plus the Paris World Champs of course.
Maria Davies Sandbu is sponsored by: 7 blåner