12 May 2024

Charlotte Frank does American Hustle (8c)

Charlotte Frank has completed American Hustle (8c) in Oliana. ”In the beginning I found this route a little bit weird - I started to like it though, once I found out the beta. Especially the crux with its shouldery moves is pretty interesting.”

Can you tell us more about the ascent?
American Hustle is one of the 50-meter-long gems on the big cliff of Oliana. Bolted by Walker Emerson and Sam Elias in 2014 and freed by the latter, the line consists of many physical boulder sections with good rests in between. It's characterized by some pretty shoulder-intense and complex moves that seemed a little bit weird to me in the first moment. After I figured out the beta, the climbing felt flowier though. In my case, this route turned out to be one of these projects that you can climb pretty quickly with one stop in the crux – but then you end up trying it for quite a while with one stop. It's even more rewarding if you can link it all together at some point, even without it feeling too exhausting anymore. It's definitely a route worth trying!
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