La traversée de K. 9a FA by Mathieu Pauwels

Thursday, 5 November

Mathieu Pauwels, who recently became a father, has done the FA of La traversée de K. making it the second 9a in Belgium.

"It's a variant of "Kraftio" which adds a travers (as its name suggests) and which makes me arrive at the beginning of "Kraftio". In my humble opinion "Kraftio" is 8C + and with the travers, it clearly adds a rating. I'm not here to argue but I'm sure the way Anak (Verhoeven) did the FA of "Kraftio" is clearly 8c+/9a. But, I have found other methods which make the original route easier. I find this variant really adds something special and makes the route unique in its kind for our flat country! I can't wait for the Belgian machines to come and do the next repetitions of this variant!"

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