Erebor 9b by Jakob Schubert

Thursday, 13 January

Jakob Schubert, who got the bronze in Tokyo, reports on Insta that he has done Erebor 9b in Arco. Actually, he did it almost twice as a good heal hook broke as he was about to clip the chain in a previous attempt. The Austrian says it became a bit harder but the grade remains the same.

It took me two 2 day trips to Arco (one 2 weeks ago with terrible conditions and one now). Very cool route 😉.

In total, this was the 31-year-old's 48th route 8c+/9a and harder out of which eighth 9b's and one 9b+. Only during the last three months, he has sent eighth routes 9a and harder out of which he has given personal grades for all but Erebor. When it comes to competitions, he has the best male track record during the last ten years; Two World Championships, Three WC overall, #2 in a Boulder World Championship as well as once in the overall WC. But probably most impressive is still his seven straight wins in the Lead World Cup in 2011. Including also six 8C boulders and three 8B+ flashes, he is a contender for being the second-best climber in the world after Adam Ondra.

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