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Nina Caprez Sends 5.14b at a New Crag in Turkey

Swiss climber Nina Caprez made the first female ascent of Nartanesi in Turkey.

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Nina Caprez of Switzerland has made the second ascent and first female ascent of Nartanesi (8c/5.14b) at Cidtibi, Turkey.

Photo by Piotr Turkot / wspinanie.pl.

The Italian Climber Gabriele Moroni grabbed the first ascent of the route during the Petzl RocTrip’s last stop in Turkey. Caprez sent Nartanesi on October 21, two days after the RocTrip ended.

“I needed six tries in all,” Caprez wrote to Rock and Ice. “Since then, Cedric Lachat, John Caldwell and Melissa Le Neve also did the route and we all agree with the grade of 8b+/8c.”

In addition to Nartanesi, Caprez onsighted a 5.13c, flashed a 5.13d, completed a 5.14a on her second try, and climbed a multi-pitch route with grades up to 5.14a.

Cidtibi, located in southern Turkey, was discovered in 2002, but only had a few routes until a group Petzl staff and team members, including Caprez, bolted 60 more last year. The crag features “blue and white streaked limestone walls up to 150 meters tall and routes up to 5.14b.”

“My dear Cidtibi is one of the best high-level spots I’ve seen so far,” Caprez wrote on the Arc’teryx blog. “A tufa bazaar in the middle of a Turkish paradise.”

Photo by Piotr Turkot / wspinanie.pl.