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Girl Crush of the Month: Muriel Sarkany

Muriel Sarkany on Rollito Sharma extension (8c). Photo credit: Pete O'Donovan.

Muriel Sarkany on Rollito Sharma extension (8c). Photo credit: Pete O’Donovan.

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.

Muriel Sarkany working Fish Eye (8c). Photo credit: Julie Sprooten.

Climb on! ~Cate

Info thanks to Muriel’s blog and to Climb and More.

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Muriel Sarkany Sends Punt-X 9a/5.14d


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!

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

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