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8c+ (9a) by Alex Barrows

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8c+ (9a) by Alex Barrows

Alex Barrows has done the first repeat of Malcolm Smith's 45 move boulder route Pilgrimage in Parisella's cave, from 2004, giving it a personal grade of 8c+. (c) Chris Lockyer Nice full story in the blog where Alex says that kneepads might explain the grade difference.

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Interview with Anak Verhoeven (updated)

Interview with Anak Verhoeven (updated)

Anak Verhoeven is historically speaking one of the best female Lead competition climbers. She made finals in the WC 36 times in a row. In total, she made the po…

The Polish Youth National rock climbing team

The Polish Youth National rock climbing team

Mateusz Haladaj has just been on a trip to Osp/Misja Pec with the Polish Youth National rock climbing team. We asked him if he could tell us how this team is se…

Bike to 8a

“Bike to Eight” is the name of the project created by Grenoble climbers Romain Noulette and Tanguy Topin joined by videographer Thibault Cattelain. Their project? Climb at the crags around Grenoble to tick off mythical routes in 8a grade by reaching the sectors by bike. As the first episode of their…

Complete closure of the ‘Badener Wand' (Battert) in Germany - sign petition!

Complete closure of the ‘Badener Wand' (Battert) in Germany - sign petition!

On the 9th of November 2022 the regional council in Karlsruhe, Germany announced that the crag ‘Badener Wand’ at the ‘Battertfels’ close to Baden-Baden will be …

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8b flash Matilda Söderlund

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8b flash Matilda Söderlund

Matilda Söderlund, who last year was the world's best onsight and flash female climber, is back in Spain where she just flased Batuka, 8b and onsighted an 8a in Margalef all this on her first day. The 20 year old was #6 in the Lead World Champion in 2012 and she plans to do all the Lead events and maybe one Boulder WC this year. Matilda is going back to Sweden on the 26th and she hopes to find a redpoint project this year, maybe in Oliana. (c) Jonas Wiklund

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Who is your male climbing hero?

Based on 2 700 unique votes compared with an identical poll in 2010. (Results in brackets.) It is interesting to see that no competition climber did get more than 1 %. 23 % Chris Sharma (30) 14 % Adam Ondra (7), Wolfgang Güllich (17) 10 % Fred Nicole (9) 08 % Dave Graham (8) 05 % Nalle Hukkataival (5) 04 % Alex Honnold (1), Alex Huber (6) 03 % Dani Andrada (5), Daniel Woods (1) 11 % Other (11)

Who is your female climbing hero?

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Who is your female climbing hero?

Based on 1 900 votes, we did get some pretty interesting results in comparison to the male results. Six of the Top-10 are active competition climbers and the rest are 40+ or just being 12 years old. 32 % Lynn Hill (52) 8a article from 2010 14 % Sasha Digiulian (20) 10 % Josune Bereziartu (40) 07 % Ashima Shiraishi (11) 06 % Alex Puccio, Anna Stöhr, Catherine Destivelle (53) 05 % Mina Markovic 04 % Shauna Coxsey 03 % Jain Kim 07 % Other (2% Nina Caprez)