Fifteen-Year-Old Laura Rogora Sends Joe-Cita (5.14d)

Fifteen-year-old Italian climber Laura Rogora sends her second 9a (5.14d) with Joe-Cita (9a/5.14d) in Oliana, Spain.

By Rock and Ice | February 28th, 2017

Laura Rogora on Joe-Cita (5.14d). Photo: Javi Pec.

Fifteen-year-old Italian climber Laura Rogora has redpointed her second 9a (5.14d) with Joe-Cita (9a/5.14d) in Oliana, Spain, nearly one year after she climb Grandi Gesti (5.14d), in Sperlonga, Italy.

Laura called Joe-Cita a “fantastic route,” and reported that she was “Too happy!!!!!” online.

The climb—a linkup between Joe Blau (8c/5.14b) and Marroncita (8c+/5.14c), hence the name—was established by Adam Ondra in 2012. It saw a flurry of action in 2015, with ascents by Sachi Amma, Ramon Julian, Said Belhaj and Jonathan Siegrist, but it went unsent, or at least unreported, until Sunday, February 26, when Laura made the sixth known ascent.

On the same day, 19-year-old American climber Margo Hayes took down La Rambla (9a+/5.15a) in Siurana, Spain. It was certainly a big day for climbing.

In January, Laura made the first ascent of La Gasparata (8c+/9a 5.14c/d) at Collepardo, near her home city Rome, after spending only four days on the route. La Gasparata is one of the hardest first ascents ever made by a female climber.

Prior to establishing La Gasparata, Laura was in Oliana where she redpointed two 5.14b’s in two days, T1-Full Equipe and Fish Eye, and also sent Joe Blau (5.14c), the first part of Joe-Cita, on the final day of her trip.

In March 2015, at 14 years old, Laura became the first Italian female climber and the second youngest climber to send 9a (5.14d) with her ascent of Grandi Gesti, a linkup in the Aeronauta Cave in Sperlonga, Italy. Check out the video below.


Watch: 14-Year-Old Laura Rogora Becomes Second Youngest To Climb 5.14d



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