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Mélissa Le Nevé, 31, made the first female ascent, in 2020, of Action Directe (5.14d) which was one of the first of the grade. She was the French National Champion in 2020 and 2013.
“When it’s about climbing, I see it as a game,” she said. “Even when I’m alone at training, I find personal challenges that makes it fun. I don’t think of it like a job. Pulling on a campus board is not work. Trying hard on a boulder outside is not work. It’s only pleasure and fun.”