Anak Verhoeven is always good at surprising. At Rodelare, the tough Belgian looked for a new personal challenge, found it and made it his day. In the space of a day, I climbed the 9a endurance test piece Cosi se Arete twice – once in daylight, and once with a headlamp.
Since Anak Verhoeven retired from competitive climbing and devoted her full attention to rock climbing, the 27-year-old has been making headlines on a regular basis. Would you like a sample? Anak Verhoeven climbs Jungfrommarathon (9a) near Gimmelwald, hard climbing again: Anak Verhoeven scores Las Meninas L1 (9a/+) or Rocktober: Anak Verhoeven climbs 9a+. She also enjoys taking on personal challenges like the one she recently faced in Rodelare: where she climbed the 50-meter endurance hammer Cosi se Arete (9a) twice in one day.
Determined to achieve the goal for the day
Anak Verhoeven managed to score a line 9a 50 meter Cosi se Arete early in the evening. Although she had memorized every detail of the track, the approaching twilight made it more difficult: “It was difficult for me to keep my mind clear and focus on the details of the demo.” But she was very determined and kept climbing until she reached the transformer.
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So she waited until it was completely dark and climbed onto Cosi se Arete a second time—a great black void beneath her, the beam of light from the headlamp around her head. “When I looked down, I saw the little speck of light from the headlamp reflected in the river. “I felt relieved.”
In contrast to the climb that had occurred a few hours earlier, she had to move more slowly so that she could accurately see all the reservations and performance. After she passed the first and second turns, nothing stood between her and the transformer except the harsh endurance trains, which she reached shortly after for the second time.
A few days after her double climb, Anak Verhoeven was able to report her next success: with De Battre Mon Coeur s’est Arrêté (9a/+), she managed another difficult line in the Piscineta sector. However, the refreshment we deserved came a little early:
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