12/9/13 – Japanese climber Akiyo Noguchi has joined the elite group of women to have climbed 5.14c with an ascent of Mind Control in Oliana, Spain. This was her first of the grade.
The 24-year-old completed Mind Control, a Chris Sharma route, in only five attempts. This route is popular among women, with at least five other climbers like Sasha DiGiulian, Daila Ojeda, Nina Caprez, and more having ticked the line. “[A] wonderful day for me,” Noguchi says. “I want to try more wonderful and hard route [sic!]”
Noguchi is one of the world’s best competition climbers. She is currently ranked second in the women’s Bouldering World Cup, having consistently finished in the top three in 2013.
Date of ascent: December 7, 2013