Cedric Lachat (38) does the FA of Fantasia (9b)

20 May 2023

Cedric Lachat, who previously has done nine 9a+', has made the FA of Fantasia (9b) in Vercors, which was bolted by Romain Gendey. "I’m a little bit less strong physically but I find that I climb better compared to a few years ago". More info at Fanatic Climbing. (c) Simon Destombes

"For me, it’s without doubt the hardest route I’ve climbed, so I suggest 9b, however, I wonder if it’s not easier for taller climbers because some movements seem hard to me due to the span required. In any case, for the climbers of my size (Cédric is 1.72m tall), it’s ultra intense and a real challenge!"

Cedric won 17 medals in a storied World Cup career. In 2007, he took the bronze at the World Championship in both Lead and Boulder. Seeing as how he has also done some very hard multi-pitches, the 38-year-old should be regarded as one of the best multi-discipline climbers in the world.

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