Female 9b+ is getting closer

EDITORIAL

Friday, 8 January

Last year, three female did a 9b; Laura Rogora, Angela Eiter and Julia Chanourdie. Interesting is that all three did it quite fast if we compare to how long time the male often invest doing personal best ascents. At the same time only Stefano Ghisilfo and Alex Megos climbed harder making these three female ties at #3 in 2020. Most probably, we would have seen at least female 9b+' if they would have invested so much time and effort, including replica training etc, as the top male.

Dave Graham could not stop talking about how impressive it was to see Laura Rogora doing Ali Hulk sit extension total 9b in Rodellar this July. It was almost 30 degrees and she did not use proper knee pads and she did it in just five sessions, Video. Imagine if she had worked a harder variation for several trips, using proper knee pads with rubber and having trained exclusively for that roof back home with replicas, just like Adam Ondra. Probably, she would most certainly already having done 9b+ and possibly even a 9c. Graham has said he thinks there exist such a variation with a much harder bouldering start. (c) Marco Iacono

"We also asked Stefano Ghisolfi if he thinks 9b+ could be possible for Laura?
Yes, I think so, if she finds one that fits her style and height. The problem is that now there aren't a lot of 9b+ so there is not a lot of choices. In the future with more routes, she could find one (or more) 9b+ with her style and for sure she can do it.

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