Italian climber Laura Rogora added another achievement to her already consistent ticklist. While visiting the Andonno region in Italy, Laura managed to send the first female ascent of Stefano Ghisolfi’s 30-meter testpiece, Lapsus (9a+).
Still riding the wave since first onsighting her first 8c route, Ajo Crudo, in Spain in late August, Laura managed in just a few sessions to complete Stefano’s Lapsus, declaring herself “proud to add her name to the list of repeaters of this historical piece of Italian climbing,” as she said on her Instagram post.
This was the seventh repeat of the line since 2015, when Stephano did the first ascent. Initially graded as a 9b, the route has been downgraded to a 9a+ after Adam Ondra managed to repeat it in a new style. Stefano agreed to this grade, stating that the use of kneepads was not considered an option when he first established the route.
The last climber to send the route before Laura was the one and only Seb Bouin this September.
Lapsus was born out of Stefano’s dream to link two historic lines. The climb starts with Noia (8c+), the first Italian route of this grade, and finishes after 70 moves on the hard part of the route Anaconda (8b+).
During her stay in Andonno, Laura still had some gas left to climb Cobra Reale (8c+/9a) and Noi (8b+) just the next day after sending Lapsus. She also gave a shot to Calibro 38 (8c+) but didn’t manage to do it, being too tired.
Aged 22, Laura Rogora is one of the world’s top athletes at the moment, making her debut in the world of hard climbs at age 13 after climbing Ciccio Formaggio, her first 8c. Also, in 2020, she became the second woman in history to climb Ali Hulk (extension total sit start) (9b).
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