9a and 8c+ (9a) by the Hörst brothers

12 June 2022

Cameron Hörst has done Manphibian (9a) in Mt Charleston and there is a video. "Currently, I am on a summer-long climbing road trip in the western United States with my brother Jon. We have been on the road for three weeks now. We started our trip climbing in the Utah Hills (for about two weeks) and now are climbing at Mt. Charleston which is outside of Las Vegas.

Manphibian was established by Andy Raether a few years back. The route breaks down into two parts. The first part being a 35 feet of bouldery 8c+ to an average rest. The second half is 8b/+. You fight your way up a steep arete feature and then have to compose yourself enough to dance your way through a desperate 5.13 slab feature to the chains! Actually enjoyed the intensity of the slabby/vertical redpoint crux at the top! Was sketched out hahaha. 8c+/9a maybe, but I did think this was fairly harder than Arrested Development (9a), the stout 8c+ at the crag."


The day after, Cameron's little brother Jonathan did AD and comments. "Stoked to tick this line off relatively quickly before it got too hot for the summer. Got to the hole on day 2 and subsequently fell at the crimp move for 3 days ugh. As much as I would like this to be my first 9a it really is not. Amazing test of power nonetheless." More grade thoughts on the 19-year-old's Insta (c) Joe Kinder. Jon is sending AD and Cameron is belaying.

The Hörst brother started to make 8a headlines in 2013 as both were setting new standards in climbing. Jon did his first 8b at age 10 and Cameron did 8b+ being 11-years-old. Their father Eric is one of the most well-known climbing coaches out there and he has published numerous training books. Here is his first, out of many, 8a articles from 2013 on how to balance early progress for kids.

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