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First Woman to Climb 5.15!

Date of birth: 1998

Current Residence: Boulder, CO. USA

Height: 5 ft 3 in 

Profession: Rock Climber

Hardest Boulder Problem: V11

Hardest Sport Climbs: La Rambla

Sponsors: NorthFace, La Sportiva, Petzl, Team ABC
About: Margo grew up in the climbing mecca of Boulder. she started as a gymnast, but eventually tuned to climbing, working under the tutelage of renowed Robyn Raboutou of Team ABC.  Read
Feature Article.

"I write down my goal list all the time.  I have long term goals.  Short term goals.  This week's goals.  Today's goals.  Dreams of what I want to achieve in the future.  First of all you must be able to write them down or say it, at least to yourself, to believe it can happen!"

Maturity tends to come with age. Having just turned 18, Margo Hayes embraces this belief in climbing and her perspective in life.  Not only has she podiumed in 11 different national and world youth sport climbing championships, five different bouldering climbing championships, but she has also climbed six 5.14 routes and three V11 boulder problems.  To hear Margo share her philosophy and her experience climbing Bad Girl's Club 5.14d, please listen to to the Podcast below, and encourage your friends to do the same.  


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Margo Hayes

"I really like the ever-changing aspect of rock climbing. The learning curve is really steep and so I know with each climb, there will be more lessons learned! I also love to be in nature and when I climb outdoors, I can take in the world around me and keep things in perspective. It is humbling to stand at the bottom of the wall and look up !"


At nineteen years old Margo Hayes became the first woman in the world to climb a confirmed 5.15a (9a+) when she did La Rambla, in Siurana, Spain. A few months later, she did her second 5.15, sending Chris Sharma's legendary route Biographie (AKA Realization). This film from Reel Rock is an extended and remastered cut of Margo's ascent of Biographie showing her grace, determination and mastery of the climbing movement.

Margo Hayes goes big on Highballs in Joe's Valley, Utah.


On September 24, 2017 Margo Hayes from Boulder, Colorado redpointed Biographie/Realization, a Chris Sharma benchmark in Ceuse, France. Earlier in the year, she broke the glass ceiling for women when she sent La Rambla ( 9a+/5.15a )

“In life, we are tested. Biographie tested my commitment, my fortitude, and my belief in myself,” 

On February 2017, Margo Hayes became the first woman to send La Rambla 5.15a in Siurana, Spain making history. This 19 yr. old from Boulder, Colorado made it her goal to climb 14 5.14's to " learn as much about the grade as she could " Hayes spent seven days projecting the benchmark 5.15a climb. Hayes broke the glass ceiling with her ascent of La Rambla.

"I felt a rush of emotion that I hadn't expected. I began to weep.

I felt overwhelmed by the excitement and the disbelief!"

On February 2017, Margo Hayes became the first woman to send La Rambla 5.15a in Siurana, Spain making history. Hayes spent seven days projecting the benchmark 5.15a climb, one of the most technical climbs in the world. Hayes broke the glass ceiling with her ascent of La Rambla. Watch to hear her story of how she pulled it off.

Margo Hayes explores Joe's Valley, Utah sending the classic test pieces and highballs including Finger Hut V10.



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