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Becca Frangos Sends First 5.14a with Leviathan at Acephale

"It was fourth try of the day, my muscles were tired and skin was bleeding, but somehow managed to keep it together"

Canmore crusher Becca Frangos, who stared climbing in 2009 at The V’sion climbing gym, has sent her first 5.14a with Leviathan on the Upper Wall at Acephale. During the covid-19 lockdown, Frangos stayed busy strength training and climbing on her home wall. Dan Beland also ticked Leviathan on the same day, he now has nearly 30 5.14a sends to his name.

On Sendage, Frangos said, “My first 5.14! Really enjoyed figuring out beta that worked for me for the crux because the drop-knee beta just didn’t work for my height. Loved the full commitment at the top having to jump over the lip as well.”

Frangos has climbed many hard 5.13 sport routes in the past few years. She sent her first 5.13d in 2015 with Labyrinth in Greece, she followed it up with a tick of Endless Summer at Acephale. So far this year, she’s ticked Skinny Love Extension 5.13c and Buffet Royale 5.13c, both in Echo Canyon.

A number of Canadian women have sent the milestone grade of 5.14a, including Ellen Powick, Josie Hetyie, Vikki Weldon, Leslie Timms, Marieta Akalski, Annie Chouinard, Em Pellerin and more. Congrats Becca!

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