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Joe Hedge was in the right place at the right time. On September 24, 2017, he arrived at the crag in Ceuse, France, to see Margo Hayes at the base of Biographie aka Realization (5.15/9a+). Hedge writes:
“I grabbed my Sony a6300 and found some nice thorny bushes to lay in…she took about 17 minutes from bottom to top, I edited out a few minutes of shaking out.”
The result is this largely unedited video, which provides a look at elite-level climbing not usually seen in more produced media.
Hayes starting working Biographie in May, after she redpointed La Rambla to become the first woman to climb 5.15a. Biographie was the world’s first 5.15a, and Hayes’s second. Chris Sharma made the first ascent in 2001.