The elite club of women who climb 5.14b or above, just added two new members, Kinga Ociepka, of Poland and Jenny Lavarda, of Italy.
On August 16, Ociepka became the tenth female to climb a 5.14b route, and most notably, at 20-years-old, the youngest. The defining route, Geminis, inRodellar, Spain, begins with easy climbing, but then cruxes out with difficult pinching, followed by a 65 feet of 5.13c.
Lavarda made the grade next, as the first Italian woman to tick 5.14b, with the 105-foot, overhanging, enduro-route Claudio Caffé, in Terra Promessa, Arco. Lavarda began her climbing career with several competitions for the European Youth Cup, before moving onto UIAA World Cup comps.
Look for more on the Women of 5.14b in Climbing issue 253, due out on newsstands on November 14. Comment on this story