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The Colorado climber Margo Hayes, 19, redpointed the 5.15a Realization/Biographie (5.15a) in Céüse, France, on September 24, for her second tick of the grade this calendar year. In March 2017, she climbed La Rambla (5.15a) in Siurana, Spain, becoming the first woman in history to climb a consensus 5.15.
As Hayes wrote on her Instagram feed, “I am grateful to Jean-Christophe Lafaille for envisioning this graceful line, Biographie, in 1989. In 1996, Arnaud Petit completed the pitch to the first anchor, and five years later, in 2001, @chris_sharma became the first person to complete the line to the highest anchor, simultaneously sending the first ever 9a+. Thank you for giving Biographie / Realization to our community!”
She continued: “In life, we are tested. Biographie tested my commitment, my fortitude, and my belief in myself. In May, I touched Biographie for the first time. Ever since, the route has been ingrained in my mind and body. In one week, I will leave France, the country that I have lived in and learned from for the past year. Just yesterday, I realized this dream. The difficulties of this endeavor were overshadowed by the sound of the birds, laughter of friends, and the changing of the seasons. To experience the delicate power that Biographie holds is a true privilege.”
Hayes was belayed by Alexander Megos on her send. Climbing.com is working on catching up with Hayes for a more in-depth interview.