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  1. Alizée Dufraisse, who climbed her first 8c+, Pati noso, not long ago, has now pushed it half a notch further by doing La Reina Mora, 8c+/9a, at Siurana. The route is in the same sector, El Pati, as Pati noso, so it would seem this wall suits her quite well! This was of course the first female ascent. There has, after all, not been that many female ascents at this level. So few in fact that you can count the number of women who have climbed anything harder than 8c+ on one hand, even if you were to have lost a digit (or maybe even two). La Reina Mora was originally given 8c/+ by Ramon Julian Puigblanque but has later been upgraded first by Nico Favresse who suggested 8c+ and then by Dani Andrada who thought it was at least 8c+/9a, maybe even 9a.

    ~UKClimbing.com

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  2. Climbing and parenting: a balance between hanging on and letting go. Climbing seems simple enough: grip too hard and you'll pump out early. If you don't put enough effort into it, you'll never make it to the end. Kate has spent over a decade fine-tuning that balance between holding on and letting go. Now with the birth of her first child Annie, she finds the same lessons in parenthood: Suddenly you are two people, dependent on each other, but each with a lifetime of dreams and aspirations ahead of them. You have to hold on, but not too tight. Seems simple enough.

    For more on Kate visit prana.com/ambassadors/kate-reese-mcginnis

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  3. 16-year-old French phenom Enzo Oddo has climbed yet another 5.15 with his repeat of La Rambla original in Siurana, Spain. The route was first climbed before Oddo was even born by Alex Huber to a stopping point 3/4 up the wall, and it was subsequently extended by Ramón Julián Puigblanque. The accepted grade for this route these days seems to be 5.15a, but Rock and Ice has a good recap of this history of the route including Huber’s thoughts on how the grade of this route and many others has been inflated over the years:

    “It’s a fact that La Rambla increased in grade from 8c+ (5.14c) to 9a+ (5.15a). Often people believe this is due to the route extension, but in reality the difficulties do not change substantially with this extension.”

    ~ClimbingNarc.com

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  4. French climber Alizée Dufraisse has repeated the climb Patinoso (5.14c) in Siurana, Spain. According to ukclimbing.com, she was aiming to climb the route Chikane, an 80-foot 5.14c in the Campi Qui Pugui sector. She instead redpointed Patinoso, a 130-foot endurance route in the El Pati sector. This is Dufraisse's first of the grade; previously, she had climbed two 5.14b's, including l'Arcadémicien in Céüse in 2010—a 5.14b established by Sylvain Millét that had not seen a repeat since a hold broke on the route.
    ~Climbing Magazine

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  5. L’Arcadémicien des Crépis is a really hard route old style, technical and mentally hard. Everything natural in demi lune sector of Ceüse. It took a lot of time for me, but I really wanted to do it so I did it! ~Alizée Dufraisse

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prAna

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prAna, an ancient Sanskrit word for breath, life and vitality of the spirit, has helped guide our actions and lift our aspirations since day one.

We started out two decades ago making clothing that worked well for climbing and yoga. It turned out that


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prAna, an ancient Sanskrit word for breath, life and vitality of the spirit, has helped guide our actions and lift our aspirations since day one.

We started out two decades ago making clothing that worked well for climbing and yoga. It turned out that the clothing worked well for lots of other passions too, so we added new products with "purpose" in mind and scoured the world for design inspiration.

What's changed since then?

Not much - and a lot. We've grown a bunch, but most of our original employees are still here. We participate with like-minded folks who want to promote conservation and create positive change, which reflects the same intention as the old days, just taken up a few notches. Organic cotton, fair trade and wind power initiatives are on the short list of what we support.

We are inspired by athletes like climber Chris Sharma - who's been with us from the beginning - and yoginis like Shiva Rea.

Looking back, we think that the name prAna fits us pretty well. Looking ahead (because we love change), we're excited to see what the future holds.

That's our story & we welcome your feedback...

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