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Picacho 9b FA by Jonathan Flor

Picacho 9b FA by Jonathan Flor

Jonathan Flor reports on Insta that he has done the FA of Picacho 9b in the Ali Baba cave in Rodellar. "...without a doubt, the hardest I have climbed in its grade in the cave." The 24-year-old has previously done the FA of Ali Hulk Sit Start Extension Total 9b in the cave. (c) Inga Patarcic

Pichacho starts with a squat start in the middle of the cave, which is an 8B+ boulder problem before traversing to the right joining the other 9b, Ali Hulk... The only link-up that is missing now in the cave is to combine the 8B+ start with another 8B boulder, doing a more direct and harder line in the cave, before tying in with a rope doing the extension total.

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Bone Tomahawk 9a+ by Cameron Hörst

Bone Tomahawk 9a+ by Cameron Hörst

Cameron Hörst has done his first 9a+, Bone Tomahawk in Fynn Cave. (c) J.P. Melville "WOOHOO! My hardest climb yet, next level for me. 15+ sessions of work over the last month and a half. The route has settled at 9a/+ grade range. However, I've sent 9as, and worked a ton of them. This thing is on a whole different level (at least for me). But hell, I'm confident in my abilities and I know other ascensionists have expressed similar views to mine. Regardless, amazing route. So special to have the first ascensionist (Joe Kinder) as my partner during the process! Gang."

The FA Joe Kinder graded it 9a+ and in total it has five ascents out of which three have thought it is a 9a+. Cameron did his first 8c at age 14 but he has only been climbing full time for two years as he during high school, has been a successful quarterback. Cameron's father is the famous coach and author Eric Hörst.

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Victima Perfecta 8c+ (9a/+) by Jorge diaz-rullo

Jorge Diaz-Rullo has done the first repeat of Ramon Julian Puigblanque's Victima Perfecta in Margalef. "Ramonet", well known for his hard FA grades, put it up in 2008 and originally graded it 8c+, but Jorge gives it a 9a/+ personal grade. "Even harder than Gancho Perfecto (9a/+), although Ramón Julián said between 8c + and 9a... Pure continuity in the overhang into the line to the left, incredible! I fell 3 times in the last move, good training!"

The 21-year-old has now 43 routes 9a and harder in his scorecard which can be compared with 51 for Ramonet up to 9a+. However, based on the recent upgrades suggested for the 39-year-old's FA, it just might be that Ramonet in practice has done 55 up to 9b. Ramonet, who is 159 cm tall, has won 21 World Cups and the World Championship two times, and only Adam Ondra and Alex Megos have better tick lists in the world. Jorge is #7 in the world and he has been #1 in the 8a ranking for the last two years.

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Las meninas 9a (+) by Gonzalo Larrocha

Las meninas 9a (+) by Gonzalo Larrocha

Gonzalo Larrocha has done Las Meninas 9a (+) in Rodellar. The 36-year-old bolted it one year ago and Jorge Diaz-Rullo did the FA.

"It is a very steep route with a focus on crimps. I was working on it, during the autumn, now I send it on the fifth day. It is over 30m long but the harder section finish at 20m.

After I clipped the first anchor, I tried to continue but fell two quick draws before the second anchor. I was frustrated but at the same time really happy. Now, I will try some days more to link this 50 meters route. The second pitch is 8b+ (more or less). But it is a really technical roof, where you feel that your legs are going to explode.”

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Battle cat 8c by Mona Kellner

Battle cat 8c by Mona Kellner

Mona Kellner has done her second 8c, Battle cat in Frankenjura. (c) Pirmin Bertle "I tried this route for the first time last year after doing cringer but then focused on other stuff because it got so crowded. So when it finally got warmer and I had no boulder competitions anymore I decided to try it again. I was quite surprised that my endurance wasn’t too bad and I climbed immediately to the top crux. Unfortunately, the last holds were a bit wet and I slipped off a few times and I was super happy when I finally could hold on and clip the chains:)"

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Panorama 8c+/9a by Alex Garriga

Panorama 8c+/9a by Alex Garriga

Alex Garriga has done Jorge Diaz-Rullo's Panorama giving it a personal 8c+/9a grade confirming other repeaters thoughts. Alex did the 22 meter route on his ninth try after falling four times on the last move. "It is a very strange route with a lot of kneebars and crimps. The boulder cruxes are all with very technical kneebars. If you don't feel comfortable in them, you are f-ed".

The 22-year-old has done six 9a+' the last year, out of which, three FA's and he is #2 in the 8a ranking game. The picture is from Garriga's latest Insta trying Dani Andrada's unrepeated Arrepentimiento 8c+ from 2008. (c) Alfonso Martinez

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Nadesjda 8c+ by Matteo Soule (14)

Nadesjda 8c+ by Matteo Soule (14)

Matteo Soule has done his fifth 8c+, Nadesjda in Joncas. "It took four sessions to do it. It's a really beautiful line. My father had already done it before." The 14-year-old is talking about Pierre Soule, (45) who did his tenth 8c+ this spring.

It should be noted that Matteo did his first 8c+ at age 13, with the FA of Dieu Merci in Gorges du Tarn. It is still unrepeated and nowadays listed as an 8c+/9a.

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