Though the year is winding down, Laura Rogora is not: She reported yesterday that she had climbed her third 5.15 of the year with an ascent of The Bow (5.15a) in Arco, Italy. Hers is the second ascent of the route. Fellow Italian Stefano Ghisolfi made the first ascent in July.
Rogora told Rock and Ice, “I sent it on my sixth day on the route, 17 tries in total.”
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Heading into June this year, Rogora, 19, had already redpointed at least seven 5.14d routes, but she hadn’t yet broken into the 5.15 realm. That changed when she sent Adam Ondra’s Pure Dreaming Plus (5.15a) in Arco. But that was just a prelude to what was in store later in the summer.
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In late July, she made an ascent of Ali Hulk Sit Extension Total (9b/5.15b), in Rodellar, Spain. She was the second woman to climb the grade following Angie Eiter, who sent La Planta de Shiva (9b) in October 2017. Earlier this month, Julia Chanourdie became the third woman to climb 9b when she made the third ascent of Eagle-4.
Asked to compare the difficulty of The Bow to her first two 5.15s, Rogora said, “It is very different compared to Ali Hulk and Pure Dreaming Plus. It is less overhanging and the hardest part is concentrated in one boulder with very particular moves.”
There’s still a good chunk of time left in 2020. Might Rogora add a fourth 5.15 to her ticklist? We’ll see!