10 November 2022

Chiroptera 9a+ by Pepa Šindel (15)

Ella Adamovska has sent us the great news that Pepa Šindel, who previously has done three 8c+, has made the first repeat of Michal Mikušínec' Chiroptera 9a+. In the nice video, we can hear he has Adam Ondra as his idol.

"The first 10 moves are around 8b climbing followed by the real deal crux which consists of 5 boulder moves on sharp mono pockets. The line is for sure very specific which confirms the fact that it’s already been unsuccessfully tried by Adam Ondra but remained unrepeated until Pepa’s send the last weekend.

Pepa said that he’s decided to try Chiroptera for the first time at the end of August. Since the weather wasn’t very good during September, he focused on training and other climbing areas and only stopped by Sulov a few times. October was the month of promising conditions that allowed Pepa to try more frequently, visiting the route once a week with his family. Eventually, he managed to send it this weekend after around 25 attempts.

Pepa is well known for being one of the smallest climbers. He is 153cm, very lightweighted and thin fingers could seem like an advantage for this kind of climbing but the truth is that for these small climbers it’s much harder to deal with most of the moves that taller climbers don’t even find problematic and they are always forced to find their own beta."
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