A few days ago 40-year-old Austrian climber Barbara Raudner sent Mind Control (5.14c) in Oliana, which was put up by Chris Sharma and has only seen a few female ascents. Barbara describes her experience on her website, saying, “I had to stay motivated, to control my mind until the top and to take my chance… For me Mind Control is the most beautiful route I have ever tried.”
Barbara, Kristin Yurdin, and many others are proving that you don’t have to be a child prodigy to climb HARD. For me, a 29-year-old who found climbing 2 years ago, this is amazing inspiration. So, thank you and congrats!
(Info and Photo Credit: 8a.nu and Claudia Ziegler Photography)