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First 9a in Portugal by Leopoldo Faria

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First 9a in Portugal by Leopoldo Faria

Leopoldo Faria has done his first 9a, Peixe Porco in Sagres. (c) Ricardo Alves "Really proud to have found this amazing line and having the perseverance to do it! So many attempts over almost two years that it’s hard to have a strong opinion about the grade, especially because I was so close to doing it for so long… maybe soft, maybe hard or maybe 9a+, I really don’t know! Haaaaappy it’s over :))) Nice video

The Big Island 8C by Christopher Schulte

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The Big Island 8C by Christopher Schulte

Christopher Schulte has finished a very succesful trip in Europe by doing his first 8C, The Big Island in Fontainebleau. How long time did it take you and what was most important to to send it? "Lots of time! Like 20 or 30 sessions over 2 trips.. It was very hard for me- such big moves, so stretched! Conditions were really important for me, I work better in very cold weather, like 1 degree. Spending a lot of time on it was important, so I could do every move really well, and then for conditions to be good enough to climb it not so perfectly.

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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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Jorg Verhoeven flashes La Proue 8B

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Jorg Verhoeven flashes La Proue 8B

Jorg Verhoeven has done the possibly first flash of Fred Nicole's La Proue 8B in Cresciano. (c) Katharina Saurwein "Wow I can't believe my foot didn't pop. Sometimes luck is all you need." During the last two weeks, the overall Lead WC winner 2008, has done another five 8B's including the FA of Flash Flood in Brione and The Dagger. Video including Katha Saurwein's spectacular flash of Tricky 8A, starts 6.10 min More info at JorgVerhoeven.com

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8b+ and 8c onsights by Klemen Becan

Kleman Becan onsighted yesterday and 8b+ in Cuenca and today an 8c, Totem in Val de cabras. On Facebook Klemen says, "For route Palestina (9a) I would have to train a little more to onsight it. But not a lot :)" Now he is on his way to Albarracin.

135 8a's in 121 days by Megos in USA

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135 8a's in 121 days by Megos in USA

DPM has the latest update on Alexander Megos' USA trip where he during 121 days did 135 routes and boulders 8a and harder. The 19 year old also tried some trad climbing in Indian Creek saying, “5.10 (6b) was hard, 5.11 (6c+) really hard and 5.12 (7b) mostly impossible.” (c) Ignacio Sandoval Buron