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Thor’s Hammer 2 (9a+) by Seb Bouin

Thor’s Hammer 2 (9a+) by Seb Bouin

Sebastien BOUIN reports on Insta that he has done the first repeat of Adam Ondra’s Thor's Hammer 2 (9a+) in Flatanger. It starts by jumaring to the anchor of Thor’s Hammer (9a), bolted by Magnus Midtbö.

The big plan is to do it from the ground creating a potential 9b+ but there are also easier and harder link-up possibilities. Seb is also talking about the possibility to bolt and continue another 50 meters to the top above the amazing cave. However, as it stands, bolting new routes is not currently allowed. Marco Müller

Sonawolf 9a FA by Matteo Soule (15)

Sonawolf 9a FA by Matteo Soule (15)

Matteo Soule has done the FA of Sonawolf (9a) in La verrière. The 15-year-old did his first 9a this spring. At age 13, he did the FA of Dieu Merci in Gorges du Tarn. It is still unrepeated and nowadays listed as an 8c+/9a. (c) Sam Bié

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New Combined format to be tested in ECH Munich

The European Championships, in Munich, starts on 11/8 and finishes on 17-18/8 with the Combined final events. The Combined qualification rankings are based on (World Cup) points gained in the Lead and Boulder events at the beginning of the Championships. In other words, 850 points might be needed to…

Outsiders in Euro Champ in Munich

The European Championship in Munich starts 11/8 and some will compete for four days straight doing three rounds in Boulder and Lead respectively. This means that the athletes only doing one discipline have an advantage and that goes especially for the male athletes only doing Lead and the female ath…

10 nations share the 18 medals in Graz

The third and final day of the Euro Youth Championship in Graz started with the semifinal for the oldest juniors. Surprisingly, both the boys and the girls competed on almost identical boulders as the final Youth A boulders from yesterday. Several coaches were upset as this is against the onsight fo…

Korosec and Mabboni Youth A winners in Graz

On the second day of the European Youth Championship in Graz, Allesia Mabboni from Italy won Youth A making two tops and four zones (24). Runner-up was Iziar Martinez from Spain who flashed the two boulders which Allesia could not do but she could only make three zones. The Spaniard was #15 in the …

Very hard boulders in ECH - Graz

The European Youth Championship in Bouldering started today in Graz. Unfortunately, the boulders were very hard and both climbers and coaches were upset. The Norweigian Head Coach, Reino "Nicki" Horak said that for the girls, it was the worst and hardest setting he has ever seen. "It was much worse …

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Manphibian 9a by Christian Mercene

Manphibian 9a by Christian Mercene

Christian Mercene has done Andy Raether's Manphibian (9a) in Mt Charleston. "I started putting in work on Manphibian this season after I sent the first section (Spyfiction 5.14c) last year. After about 13 days of consistent and steady progress and punting on the last hard move twice, I was able to finally send!" (c) Matt Levy

Did you do any specific or replica training?
I followed a power endurance work out called the 30/30s that I got after listening to Joe Kinder on the Nugget climbing podcast. I chose 6 boulder problems that feel consistent with the moves of Manphibian. The workout would consists of 30 seconds of work and 30 seconds of rest 6 boulders in a row. After each week I would decrease the rest time between reps. On my second day I would train on a spray wall replica that mimicked the intensity and time under tension/ rest of Manphibian.

Iron Curtain 9a+ (b) by Seb Bouin

Iron Curtain 9a+ (b) by Seb Bouin

Sebastien BOUIN has done the first repeat of Adam Ondra’s, from 2013, Iron Curtain (9b) in Flatanger. The 29-year-old has published the full story on Insta, saying that due to his use of kneepads his personal grade is 9a+. The French has previously done seven routes 9b to 9c. (c) Marco Müller

"This year, I decided to return to Flatanger, without any real fixed objectives. I’m leaving myself open, and I will try what inspires me. So I started with Iron Curtain. The rock is so perfect, and the line is so cool. It took me 14 tries to do it, and 5 climbing days. I used kneepads to send it. I think the line is easier with kneepads. You can do the crux a bit differently. It's still quite hard, but less demanding on the shoulders, and more of a conventional boulder problem. Adam proposed a 9b grade without kneepad. And I am quite sure of this grade if you are not using kneepads. Regarding the time and investment it took me, it could be more 9a+ using kneepads. This line is exceptional."

Ondra and Garnbret comment on their victories

Ondra and Garnbret comment on their victories

Stasa Gejo, the Discovery+ commentator, made great interviews with the winners Adam Ondra and Janja Garnbret. (c) Petr Chodura

Ondra: “I definitely needed a break after the Olympics, but now I feel it’s the time – I got hungry for competitions. I think I picked up the best Lead World Cup on the circuit which is Chamonix and it was a great decision – I enjoyed climbing here. I love climbing when it’s actually dark, that’s when the time is still here in Chamonix and when all the crowd behind your back is unbelievable.

I think the more complex the route, the better for me. I especially liked the pinchy section at the top of the overhang. Then I was kind of disappointed that it was just a pure crimp fest, but I was pretty happy that I could actually recover a little bit before the last crimps. The last dyno I was pretty sure from observation that I could just reach, but it was not possible.


Garnbret: “I felt flowy. Usually I feel more nervous when I know a lot of girls before me already topped, but this time I was super calm and relaxed. I just climbed with a little bit of caution because I knew that I needed to top the route, but it was easy! Right now I’m really excited to go back home to fall back into a routine a little bit, and then I’m excited for Briançon.

Garnbret and Ondra win in Chamonix

Garnbret and Ondra win in Chamonix

Janja Garnbret topped all her four routes with ease in Chamonix and won based on countback over Laura Rogora, Chaehyun Seo and Jessica Pilz. (c) Lena Drapella/IFSC

Among the men, Taisei Homma was first out and fell dynoing to the top. The dyno was done with a pogo swing with his left foot which later landed on a big volume at the same time trying to grab the top jug. Later, everyone fell at least ten moves lower before Adam Ondra cruised it until he tried a double dyno move to the top. Interestingly, Adam’s climbing time was 3.10 meanwhile Taisei had used two more minutes.

Last climber out was Sean Bailey but he fell like Luca Potocar and Yannick Flohe going to hold 30. Then the confusion started as he did not get his obvious 29+ and he was fifth in the official list. The award ceremony started without Bailey. Then some seconds later Bailey got his + and his bronze.

Multiple Tops in the Chamonix qually and semi

Adam Ondra made his first 2022 World Cup in Chamonix and got three straight Tops in the qualification and semi rounds. Among the males, there were a total of eleven Tops in the quarterfinal and then also Sean Bailey, Luka Potocar and Satone Yoshida topped the semi. The latter two topped only one of the qualification routes. Alex Megos also topped but was only given 13 points as he accidentally put some weight on the quickdraw, while clipping, when his foot cut loose. The big sensation was that Colin Duffy was #20 and Jesse Grupper #35. Jesse topped one route but toe-hooked outside the route on the second. Complete results

Natalia Grossman and Janja Garnbret did also top all three routes, as also Brooke Raboutou did but the latter was given 37 due to being timed out. Third is the ranking is Natsuki Tanii, who topped the semi but only one of the qualification routes. Complete results The finals starts 8.30 pm.

It should be mentioned that time will be crucial, especially among the males in the finals as 2 + 4 have the same results going into the finals. In other words, if Janja or Natalia get the same scoring, the faster will be ranked higher.

No More Greener Grasses 8A+ by Allison Vest and Alex Johnson

No More Greener Grasses 8A+ by Allison Vest and Alex Johnson

Allison Vest and Alex Johnson have done No More Greener Grasses (8A+) in Mt Evans. Alex has both sends on her Insta. The 33-year-old has won two World Cups back in 2008 and 2010 and she has now done 15 boulders 8A+ and harder. Allison did her first 8B+ in 2022 and she is currently #2 in the 8a ranking game.

Vest (pictured): "Sent right before the storm and with an already damp top out… spicy. Such a good one!"
Johnson (spotting): "Always been on the life list. 2nd try this trip, remember trying in like 2008 and not being able to do any moves lol. Feeling pretty fit."

Umetnost 9a by Matjaz Zorko

Umetnost 9a by Matjaz Zorko

Matjaz Zorko has done Umetnost (9a) in Ter after some ten sessions. "I can say that all the lines in this sector are so beautiful especially this one of course. I’m really happy to send it right before I go to a longer vacation. I'm going for one month to France and Spain! There are still projects in this sector which may be even harder, so i’m psyched for the future!😊" (c) Rajko Zajc