Video: “Babsi” Zangerl Cranks Greenspit 5.14 Trad for First Female Ascent

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Barbara “Babsi” Zangerl is back with another episode in Black Diamond’s “Committed” series. This time, she tackles the granite splitter Greenspit (5.14a) for its first female ascent.

Greenspit is a route of contentious history. The steep crack was initially bolted with green hangers, hence the route’s name, and remained an un-climbed sport route for years. The Swiss trad ace Didier Berthod chopped the unsightly bolts, making the first pink- and red-point ascents on natural protection.

“Greenspit was a challenge for me—I think it was my hardest single-pitch crack climb so far,” Zangerl told Rock and Ice after she sent the route in October 2020. “For me it was for sure a big thing to climb Greenspit. It was always in my mind to try this line. But to be honest I didn’t think that I had a chance on it,” she said.