|Liv Sansoz is currently on tour and on top form in America, where she recently redpointed "Hasta la Vista" 5.14b/c (8c/c+) at Mt. Charleston, Nevada. |
As reported a few days ago, she also sent "Soul train" 5.13d/8b, "Ghetto boys" 5.13c/8a+ and "Screaming target" 5.13c/8a+, all at this steeply overhanging crag.
Sansoz is now the second woman to have climbed 8c or harder. Spanish Josune Bereciartu was the first with her 1998 ascent of "Honky Tonky" 8c at Campezzo, Spain. Bereciatu made headline news last month with the first female ascent of an 8c+, "Honky Mix".
French Sansoz is best known as a highly talented competition climber. Her impressive list of victories includes, amongst others, the 1996 & 1998 World Cup and the 1997 & 1999 World Championship.
She has already won the International Masters at Argentiere and Serre Chevalier this year and currently she is placed third in the provisional World Cup Difficulty ranking.
Definitely someone to watch out for in next week's Rock Master.
Liv Sansoz at last year's Rock Master where she placed second behind Muriel Sarkany.