30 January 2023

Contre-courant 9A traverse by Jean-Pierre Bouvier (65)

Grimper reports that Jean-Pierre Bouvier has done the FA of Contre-courant, which is a 60 move, back and forth, 9A traverse in Fontainebleau. Traverse grading has a specific scale in between routes and boulders in Font, meaning that it corresponds to the difficulty of, more or less, a 9a+ route or an 8C (+) boulder. In other words, the 65-year-old has set a new standard in climbing which possibly has no similarity to other physical sports, if the grade is confirmed.

Jean-Pierre was in 1980, the first climber to do a 7C+ in Font. He has also managed to do several hard-core traverses up to 9A, out of which a few have not been repeated, and at the same time, others have been downgraded.
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