Let’s Get Ready to Ram­bla!

MARGO HAYES AND THE ROAD TO 5.15

Climbing - - THE CLIMB/ THE BETA - BY ZOE GATES

ON FE­BRU­ARY 26, Margo Hayes of Boul­der, Colorado, be­came the first woman to send a con­sen­sus 5.15 with her as­cent of La Ram­bla ( 5.15a) at the El Pati sector in Si­u­rana, Spain. The bench­mark route de­fines 5.15a/ 9a+. Alex Hu­ber orig­i­nally sent it to a lower an­chor at 5.14c in 1994, but the full pitch wasn’t red­pointed un­til 2003, when Ramón Julián Puig­blanque ( Ra­monet) put to bed a project that had eluded other top climbers, in­clud­ing Dani An­drada. “I am so grate­ful for those who had the vision, ded­i­cated their time, and com­mit­ted to mak­ing this beau­ti­ful line climbable!” says Hayes. The fol­low­ing facts and fig­ures pro­vide an in­side look at her process.

MARGO HAYES CRIMPS DOWN ON LA RAM­BLA'S (5.15A) UP­PER HEADWALL.

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