Angela ‘Angy’ Eiter has broken new ground again as the first woman to climb 5.15b. Only two people have climbed at grades harder than 5.15b—Adam Ondra and Chris Sharma.
On October 22, the 31-year-old redpointed La Planta de Shiva (9b/5.15b) in Villanueva del Rosario, Spain. The route, which Ondra established in 2011, links a pitch 5.14b into a steep and crimpy extension to create a 45-meter endurance test-piece that’s only been climbed by Ondra, on the first ascent, and Jakob Schubert, who repeated the route last year.
“I didn’t really focus on a route in the 9b [5.15b] range,” Eiter tells Rock and Ice. “However, the occasion came spontaneously.”
IMAGE: Angy Eiter on the upper section of La Planta de Shiva (9b/5.15b), where the route traverses with hard crimps until going straight up the rest of the way with more small crimps and tufas. Photo: Red Bull Contentpool / Elias Holzknecht.