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Janja Garnbret Makes History with Fish Eye 5.14b Onsight

The big send comes a few months after the Slovenian crusher took home an Olympic gold at the debut sport climbing event

Olympic gold medalist Janja Garnbret has onsighted the famous 50-metre-tall Fish Eye 5.14b in Oliana, Spain, which is likely the first-ever female onsight of the grade.

Fish Eye was first climbed by Chris Sharma in 2009, and it has dozens of repeats that confirm it as 5.14b. In 2010, Charlotte Durif onsighted Le roi du pétrole at Pic Saint Loup, France. At the time it was considered 5.14b, but it’s since been downgraded to 5.14a.

Pierre Délas from Fanatic Climbing was on scene for Garnbret’s historic climb. He said that she had tried two 5.14a onsights the day before with Humildes pa casa and Gorillas en la Nieba, but fell in the cruxes. About Garnbret on Fish Eye, Délas said that she’d misread a bouldery crux, but downclimbed to a good rest. As other climbers cheered her on, she powered through. Garnbret admitted to being very pumped after the send.

At least 10 women have onsighted a confirmed 5.14a, including Katie Brown on Omaha Beach, Josune Bereziartu on Hidrofobia’, Charlotte Durif on Les rois du pétrole, Maja Vidmar on Humildes pa casa, Sacha DiGiulian on Omaha Beach, Kajsa Rosén on T1 full-equip, Laura Rogora on L-mens, Anak Verhoeven on Gorillas en la niebla, Martina Demmel on Humildes pa casa, and Vita Lukan Geminis.