Ana Belen Argudo has sent her first 5.14d with Cordia Maleficarum in Cuenca, Spain. The steep line was bolted by Dani Andrada and freed in 2020 by Alex Garriga.
“No words,” said photographer Javi Pec who’s witnessed Argudo’s rise to 5.14d. “Mucho power. Grande Anita. Many more to come.” It took Argudo just over 30 tries from the start of March to the start of April to tick Cordia Maleficarum.
The 20-year-old Spanish climber has been competing on the international scene for six years and scored her best finish of seventh at the combined event at the Youth World Championships in 2021. See a list of the comps she’s climbed at on the IFSC website here.
Prior to sending her first 5.14d (the American equivalency of the grade 9a in Spain), she’d climbed one 5.14c and several 5.14- sport routes, including El calvario del Sicario, which you can watch below. She is now projecting another 5.14d with El Intento, also in Cuenca.