Mind control, 8c+, by Caroline Ciavaldini

Caroline Ciavaldini on Mind control, 8c+, Oliana, Spain, 172 kb
Caroline Ciavaldini on Mind control, 8c+, Oliana, Spain
© 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?

After my beautiful debut in Fish Eye, which I succeeded on 2nd go, I found the courage to try to Mind Control, the famous 8c + in Oliana, unsighted by Adam Andra, but red pointed by superstars like: Chris Sharma, Dani Andrada, Gabri Moroni, my Brit ... and recently my two friends, Nina and Daila. These women's repeats gave me a little reassurance: maybe it wasn't so bad and possible after all.

Apparently, it was!

Caroline Ciavaldini is sponsored by: Edelrid, The North Face, La Sportiva, Adidas Eyewear, Waxx underwear and Powerbar.

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