Eva Hammelmüller starts the year with a big send in France. The 22-year-old has repeated the classic La Ligne Claire 5.14c at St. Léger after nine tries.
At the start of 2021, she sent her first 5.14d with Underground at Arco, Massone after 11 attempts. Her one other 5.14c was Tunnelblick in Austria in 2020. When it comes to 5.14b, she’s climbed a total of 14, including Janus in Austria and Strelevod in Slovenia.
In 2020, Hammelmüller made the first ascent of Covid-19 at 5.14a/b at Weyer Neu in Austria. “I’ve been trying this route since I was 14 years old, and having it done now is unbelievable,” she said about her first ascent. “The route is steep, powerful, and feels amazing to climb.” Hammelmuller, who started climbing 13 years ago, is a two-time European youth champion in 2017 in Lead and Combined. She’s also a nine-time Austrian youth champ.
Hammelmüller spent much of 2022 projecting hard routes, which she said she’ll continue doing in 2023.