We were fortunate enough to have Zofia Reych of the popular UK blog Up That Rock share with us her coverage and takeaways from this past weekend’s Women’s Climbing Symposium in London. Read on for Zofia’s full scoop from across the pond!
First off, Eva López is no girl. She’s been climbing for 20 years, is currently writing her doctoral thesis, created a successful line of hangboards, and a few weeks ago sent her first 8c+/5.14c. I’d call her our “Woman Crush of the Month”, but that just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Of course we are in awe of her physical strength (getting stronger and stronger at age 42), but we are even more impressed and intrigued by her scientific approach to climbing.
42-year-old Spanish climber and personal climbing coach, Eva López, has sent her first 8c+/5.14c, Potemkin, in Cuenca, Spain. Eva bolted the route several years ago, watched other top climbers make the send, and has now earned the first female ascent (according to the route’s history on 8a.nu). Eva has set herself apart in the climbing community by creating the Transgression hangboard and by conducting extensive research on training techniques. For more on Eva’s training research check out her website. The training program is certainly proving to pay off for her – Congrats Eva!