Muriel Sarkany has climbed her first 9a/5.14d with the burly overhanging route Punt-X in Gorges du Loup. The 39-year-old has an impressive competition history, winning the Overall World Cup five times and earning runner-up three times. In 2010 she stopped competing, but obviously hasn’t put climbing behind her. On her Facebook page she reports, “YES I DID IT!!! I just did my first 9a, Punt-X !!! I’m so happy!!!!!!!!!! A lot of work but so much pleasure when I clipped the anchor ;-)” With this send she joins Josune Bereziartu, Sasha DiGiulian, and Charlotte Durif in the elite “9a Club”. Congrats Muriel!