posted by dpm on 10/16/2011
In an interview with DPM last spring, Sasha stated, “I do not know where my first 5.14d will go down, but I would love to try Pure Imagination at the RRG…that line looks really cool!” Yesterday, Oct 15th, she clipped the chains on her 6th try overall. Bolted by Kenny Barker, Pure Imagination was first climbed by Jonathan Siegrist last November, 2010. It saw its first repeat by local Adam Taylor in the spring of 2011.
This ascent puts Sasha Digiulian in a very elite group of women to have climbed the grade. Josune Bereziartu was the first female to climb the grade with Bain de Sang (5.14d) in 2002. Just two months ago, Charlotte Durif became the second woman when she climbed PPP (5.14d) in the Verdon Gorge. And now Sasha Digiulian has climbed the grade in only six tries. She writes on her 8a scorecard, "Wow, really psyched :) Amazing route, totally on edge climbing up a beautiful line! 6th try, 3rd day on it- seems to be my redpoint trend!"
In my opinion, Sasha has not climbed even close to her potential. Of her three previous redpoints of 5.14c (Lucifer and Southern Smoke at the RRG and Cosi fan Tutte in Rodellar) none have taken her more than six tries. 5.15 does not seem far off for the young superstar. Huge congratulations to Sasha on a very proud send.