Muriel Sarkany Sends Punt-X 9a/5.14d

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Muriel sending her first 8c+, Ultimate Sacrifice, back in 2012

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!

Climb on!
-Mary

Photo and Info credit: www.desnivel.com, Ramon Bayon, and 8a.nu

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2 thoughts on “Muriel Sarkany Sends Punt-X 9a/5.14d

  1. Cate says:

    I love that female climbers continue to defy expectations as Muriel just did in sending this undeniably tough route at 5 feet tall and 39 years old! My new hero!

  2. keith says:

    i don’t think anyone will ever call this one soft. No one will onsight it for a long, long time, and it should also be pointed out that a couple people have given it a 14d/15a slash grade. Go Muriel!!!

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