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First Woman to Rock Climb Mora Mora in Madagascar

This 24-Year-Old Rock Climber Is the First Woman to Ascend This Spine-Chilling Wall

On July 20, professional rock climber Sasha DiGiulian became the first woman to free-climb Madagascar's Mora Mora — an intimidating 2,300-foot wall that's known to be one of the most difficult free climbs in the world. Alongside Edu Marin from Spain, the 24-year-old successfully scaled the wall in three days.

In an interview with Red Bull, Sasha said it was an especially difficult ascent due to the lack of handholds. The rock indentations she would grab on to were so small, in fact, she compared them to "shelled peanuts."

Despite that tiny little obstacle — pun intended — Sasha followed her intuition and skill. "It's like a dance," she said. "Every foot placement needs to be laser-precise. Light breaths and slow movements, body positioning, and trusting negligible little crystals."

Sasha later took to Instagram to celebrate her incredible accomplishment. She wrote, "It had been a goal of mine for a few years and I am excited to have arrived at a point in my fitness that I could send my hardest big wall climb yet!" Watch the spine-chilling video of her history-making ascent, above.

Image Source: Getty / Rob Kim
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