Barefoot Charles Albert makes 8C an 8B+


Saturday, 30 January

Charles Albert, who always climbs barefoot, has done the FA of Marc LeMenestrel's original unrepeated L'Alchimiste left exit, after some holds were chopped about ten years ago. Nalle Hukkataival and Alban Levier have done it with a slightly different right exit, calling it an 8C. The 18-year-old barefoot climber thinks the left version is an 8B+. "Mowgli" stopped using shoes three years ago and says the biggest problem is that you have to rest more in order for the toe skin to recover. Previously, he had done one 8C traverse.

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