This month we’re crushing on Belgian sport climber Muriel Sarkany who had the climbing world swooning over her just a few weeks ago when she became the fourth woman ever to climb 5.14d (9a). Muriel inspires us not only because of her strength and climbing feats (she’s won 75 UIAA and IFSC World Cup titles, in addition to World and Arco Championships), but because of the time and commitment she puts into the sport. She refuses to cut corners and holds a high bar for herself. For example, Punt X, the 5.14d she recently sent, is known to be a notoriously stout and solid route, rarely repeated. Likewise, she doesn’t opt for the easy way out in her training or in projecting a route, claiming regularity to be the most important part of training. Refusing to rush the process, Muriel will regularly dedicate a minimum of two months to a specific area and climb, knowing it will take her that time to find her own sequence solutions. In addition to her dedication to the process, Sarkany remains dedicated to the sport. Her psych for climbing was initiated in her teens, and has only intensified over the last two and a half decades. So often we look for the quick fix – the 10 minute workout that will make you climb a grade harder; Muriel inspires us to put in the hard work, dedication, and time that it takes to become a better climber.
Climb on! ~Cate