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Anak Verhoeven’s First Ascent of Sweet Neuf (9a+/5.15a)

After taking down a long-standing project in France, the Belgium climber extended the route and made history.

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Anak Verhoeven made history for women in climbing when she sent Sweet Neuf at Pierrot Beach in France. She became the first woman to make a 9a+/5.15a first ascent. Verhoeven sent the route on September 6, 2017, just seven months after Margo Hayes became the first woman to climb the grade. Verhoeven is now the second. Read more about her ascent here.