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The most scary 700 metre free climb Madagascar

“American Sasha DiGiulian has become the first woman to free climb the 700-metre Mora Mora and only the second person in history to do so,”~ Red Bull



The professional climber, along with Edu Marin, ascended the Tsaranoro Massif peak last month after three days of climbing in the remote wilderness of Madagascar.

Using handholds of crystals smaller than shelled peanuts at times to pull themselves up, it was a treacherous task to tackle.

Mora Mora was first tackled in 1999 by the pairing of Francisco Blanco and Toti Vales but the duo were unable to free climb it, and it took until 2010 for Adam Ondra, of the Czech Republic, to become the first person to free climb the route.

DiGiulian’s ascent with Marin was not without its complications, with them spending 26 days in the area working out the individual pitches of the route and achieving the feat after three days of upward work, all done hauling their gear, food and water with them.

DiGiulian described the climb thus: “It’s like a dance. Every foot placement needs to be laser precise. Light breaths and slow movements, body positioning and trusting negligible little crystals smaller than shelled peanuts.

“This route is very technical. You need to have patience in unlocking sequences and reading the rock, learning the style and trusting yourself.”

For her, the successful effort was a dream come true. She added: “I’ve wanted to go to Madagascar for the last few years. Finally, I felt ready and with enough time to go and try it.”

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Mora Mora literally translates as “slowly, slowly”, an apt description for the two athletes, who first met on the World Cup circuit eight years ago and have become regular climbing partners, tackling it.

The rough granite walls of the Tsaranoro Massif reach up to 800 metres. The spectacular rock walls of the massif and the mindblowingly beautiful valley offer numerous climbing routes and hiking trails.

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If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel platform for both cost effective and luxury travel ideas around the world. From Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 I managed the LatestSightings.com blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona. Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year 'Hospitality Management in Development Program' in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it's been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey!


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