News link: New Zealand climber Mayan Gobat Smith recently achieved another 8b+ (5.14a) during a month-long trip to Milford Sound, a fjord located on the southwest coast of NZ's South Island. Milford Sound, whose annual rainfall of almost 270 inches marks it as one of the wettest places on the planet, is known for its stunning beauty and, among climbers, high quality granite.
On the last day of the trip, Smith succeeded in sending Blood Meridian. “It made me work very hard,” Smith writes in her blog. “I almost thought I would have to return to Christchurch without the send.” Not only did this mark the route's third ascent, but Smith also grabbed the first female ascent. In the past seven months, Smith has completed five routes at 8b+ or harder.
Other notable ascents include:
*L’arcademicien (8c) Ceuse, France *Geminis (8b+) Rodellar, Spain *Shadowland (8a; FFA) Darrans, New Zealand *Colisium (8a) Rodellar, Spain
For more photos and achievements, visit her blog at mayanclimbs.com
Date of Ascent: March 2010
Source: Mayan Gobat Smith