Sasha Digiulian has made the first ascent of Rolihahla, ~8c/+, at Waterfall Boven in South Africa.
On Instagram, Sasha writes:
"I SENT!!! I have been working on an open project, bolted by Andrew Pedley, here in Waterfall Boven, South Africa. Now I just did the FIRST ASCENT =] @keithladzinski and @andymann have full film footage and photos @3StringsMedia! Stay tuned! I am thinking that the grade is around 8c/+ and the name in my mind now is Rolihlahla, Nelson Mandela's middle name and also colloquially, "trouble maker!"!"."
As far as I know, and I can of course be mistaken, this is the hardest ever sport climbing first ascent by a woman. Beth Rodden's 2008 traditional test piece Meltdown in Yosemite, which has yet to see a repeat is called ~8c+, but I don't know if Rodden herself ever suggested a grade.
Steve Swenson's Blog - Attack on Climbers in Pakistan
A full round-up of the 'where and why' surrounding the recent Nanga Parbat massacre can be found on Steve Swenson's blog:
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