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Mélissa Le Nevé Makes First Female Ascent of Wallstreet (5.14b)

By Ryan Gannaway

Mélissa Le Nevé has pulled the first female ascent of Wolfgang Gullich’s Wallstreet, the world’s first 5.14b, in Frankenjura, Germany. She managed to climb the route after competing in this year’s third Bouldering World Cup, which was held last weekend in Grindelwald, Switzerland.

She comments about Wallstreet on “Really happy to have done this beautiful line which marked the history of climbing in 1987 with Wolfgang Gullich! I wasn't even born! Such a hard tricky bouldery route!”

Wallstreet is one of Wolfgang Gullich’s testpieces, along with the famous Action Directe (5.14d), still considered one of the hardest sport climbs in history. Wallstreet has only seven recorded ascents on, with one of those being Adam Ondra's 2005 repeat.

Nevé, 24, is a successful competition boulderer from France who placed seventh last year in the overall world ranking, and has placed as high as second at the 2013 World Cup in Slovenia. This weekend she will compete in the World Cup’s fourth stop in Innsbruck, Austria.

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