Two 8c+ by Illya Bakhmet-Smolenskyi (15)

Wednesday, 3 June

Illya Bakhmet-Smolenskyi, who did his first 9a in 2018, has done two 8c+, out of which one FA in Turkey. The 15-year-old has been in Turkey since before the lockdown when he also did three 8c's and one 8c+.

"I've been homeschooling since the first grade, I only visited the school for some small parts, starting with 5th grade, which could count as 2 years overall. My parents are working in IT, so they are working at home. I wanted to compete in the European cups, but since corona virus is rising up, we are thinking about rock climbing this year."

FA of Shades of grey in Okuzini: "The beast line going on crimps only. Has two cruxes with a rest in-between and both super crimpy. On the main, first crux you are forced to climb 5 powerful draws without a chance to even shake! Thanks a lot Tobias Haug for such an amazing line and the opportunity to FA it!)"

Rock Erotic in Geyik bayiri, Video: "Suppose that it can be 8c+/9a. Did a different line from the first ascent by Mumin, so it could even be counted as a brand new route. Currently, there are two betas: going along all the bolts(mine) and going higher above them using completely different handholds. Maybe the second beta will be turned into a different route, and then this ascent will turn out to be the first ascent of the line."

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