Anak Verhoeven, Sweet Nuef First Ascent, 9a+!!!

At Vencors she climbs a new link and is the second woman to do a 9a+ route

12 September 2017

Belgian climber Anak Verhoeven announced the First Ascent of Sweet Neuf, a new 9a+ route at Pierrot Beach, Vencors, in France. This is not only the second ascent for a woman of this grade but above all the hardest grade never opened by a girl.

“After having climbed Sang neuf, I had 1 climbing day left. Sébastien Richard suggested that I could try to link Sang neuf 9a with the 25 meter second pitch of Home sweet home 8c/+ and I accepted the challenge. After a rest day I climbed Sang neuf 9a again but this time I did not stop at the chain, but climbed on to the chain of Home sweet home. This new route is now called Sweet neuf: Sang neuf & Home sweet home combined.”

Born in 1996, Anak is now at the third place of IFSC World Cup and in these months won the World Games and European Championship Lead competition. On sport Climbing, she did Era Vella at Margalef in 2015 and opened Ma Belle Ma Muse at Vencors, both 9a, the next year.

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