Chiara Hanke has become the first German woman to climb 5.14d with her send of Sever the Wicked Hand, she’s also the first woman to climb the grade in Frankenjura. The first 5.14d in the world was Action Directe (also in Frankenjura) and was first climbed by Wolfgang Gullich in 1991, three years before Hanke was born.

“Today I climbed Sever the Wicked Hand in my home area Frankenjura,” Hanke said. “Such a great feeling to climb a route like this. Thank you Christoph Hanke to be on my side and your great support with your crazy training instructions.”

The 25-year-old worked on the burly Hängender Stein route that was established by Markus Bock in 2011 over a few sessions. Hanke had also ticked area classics like Wallstreet 5.14b (the world’s first of the grade first climbed by Gullich in 1987), Klondike Cat 5.14b, Lost Schnuller 5.14b, Lost and Found 5.14a, Odd Fellows 5.14b and Battle Cat 5.14c.

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