Last spring, Petzl Team member Sasha DiGiulian, became the first female to redpoint Chris Sharma’s Era Vella (9a/14d) in Margalef, Spain. Sasha is one of a handful of women in the world to climb at that grade and remains the only America woman to do so. Filmmakers Andy Mann and Keith Ladzinski were on hand to capture the process.
Climbing Era Vella was a new challenge for me. I fell in love with the line but it was physically challenging and it was the first route that I have actually projected. All in all, I devoted seven days to the route; however, because I tried it at the end of my first trip to Spain, I had to return to Spain one month later to accomplish it. It was a mental journey and my debut into the world of "projecting." I am motivated now to find a project that can be just as mentally captivating and aesthetically motivating as Era Vella.
-- Sasha DiGiulian