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9a+ Redpoint and 8b+ Onsight by Michaela KierschNewsflash

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US climber Michaela Kiersch has redpointed Víctima Perfecta 9a+ at Margalef, Catalunya. Kiersch also onsighted Crimptonite (8b+) at Oliana, her hardest onsight to date, planetmountain.com reports.

Michaela Kiersch on Victima Perfecta 9a+.  © Jan Novak Photography
Michaela Kiersch on Victima Perfecta 9a+.
© Jan Novak Photography

Víctima Perfecta was first climbed by Ramón Juliàn Puigblanqué in 2008, and is a 27-metre link-up of Victimes del Passat (8c) and Gancho Perfecto (9a+).

The line is the 29-year-old's second of the grade after her repeat of La Rambla (9a+) 9a+ at Siurana in 2023 (UKC News). Kiersch also redpointed two 9as last year, Victimes del Futur (9a) and Era Vella (9a), both in Margalef.

Michaela Kiersch cuts loose on her second 9a+, Victima Perfecta.  © Jan Novak Photography
Michaela Kiersch cuts loose on her second 9a+, Victima Perfecta.
© Jan Novak Photography

On Instagram, she wrote:

'Hardest route to date, especially with a last move crux. Lots of blood and tears and self doubt on this one. Longest project so far.'

Michaela was the first—and remains the only—woman in the world to climb both 9a+ and 8B+. She is a former USA Climbing Team member. 


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Michaela Kiersch was the first—and remains the only—woman in the world to climb both 9a+ and 8B+. She is a former USA Climbing Team member. 

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14 Apr

Anak Verhoeven has redpointed 9a+ and onsighted 8c

14 Apr

Either UKC have already updated the article or I think you misunderstood the claim they were making. The article currently says...

Note the capital letter in that second grade. It's a Font bouldering grade.

They could perhaps have made it slightly clearer, given that the article prominently refers to a recent 8b+ sport onsight, but it doesn't seem incorrect.

14 Apr

Cool stuff.

Was it ever resolved whether Open your mind direct was 9a+ when Ashima did it? I remember it was widely reported at 9a+, but then there was some noise that actually it was 9a (not that I could tell the difference!). Just thinking that she's also climbed >= 8B+ boulder.

14 Apr

Ashima has climbed 8c boulder Horizon in Mount Hiei when she was 15 and done both Open Your Mind Direct 9a/9a+ was the grade when she did it and Ciudad de Dios 9a/9a+ in 2014/15 when she was 14.

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