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Photos of 19-Year-Old Margo Hayes’s Historic Climb

Hayes made history by becoming the first woman to climb a 15.5a—the 131-foot La Rambla line up El Pati wall in Siurana, Spain. These photos follow her journey from the bottom of the crag to the anchors.

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Photo: Greg Mionske

Hayes spent seven days working the route with fellow American climbers Matty Hong and Jon Cardwell. Hong had succeeded on the route just two days prior and Jon was very close. Hayes started her ascent at around 4:25 p.m. on February 26. Applause, hoots, and hollers erupted in the canyon about half an hour later. Hayes climbs into the crux sequence of La Rambla, 9a+, in Siurana, Spain.

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Hayes unpacks her bag for a day of climbing. The bag Margo is unpacking is actually her mother's bag, which she used to travel the world when she was young.

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Matty Hong, left, and Margo Hayes, right, get ready for a day of climbing in Siurana. Hong and Hayes, both of Boulder, made the ascent of La Rambla.

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Hayes mentally prepares herself before stepping on to the wall for an attempt.

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Hayes shows of a battle wound while on La Rambla.

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Hayes reviews holds and sequences as she is lowered to the ground.

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Hayes on the lower portion of La Rambla.

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Hayes gathers herself mentally before climbing the last 16 feet to the anchors of La Rambla.

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