12 January 2023

Open Your Mind 8c+ by Illya Bakhmet-Smolenskyi (17)

Illya Bakhmet-Smolenskyi has done Open your mind (8c+) in Santa Linya. The Ukrainian made his first 8a news at age eleven when he did his first three 8c’s as well as his first 8a onsight. Since grade one, he has basically been home schooled and for the last seven years been travelling around Europe with his family. Previously, the 17-year-old has done 16 routes 8c+ and harder and last spring he did No Kpote Only 8C+, calling it 8C after finding a new sequence.

What are your plans for 2023?
I really hope to explore Tirol and all the amazing crags/routes it has and properly settle down in Innsbruck for the studies (will finish the German preparation next semester and then will start a proper course). I suppose because of it I won't really have the possibility to travel a lot except for the uni vacation days, so homecrags/projects are going to be the main focus. Would also really like to start bolting/developing/FAing some stuff, because it definitely lights me up!

What do you plan to study at Uni?
I'll study Computer Science, so first semester is going to be full on math with not too much time to chill in between. Most of it will be offline. If I'm lucky I'll get some days to go out for a bit longer then a weekend, but longer is unlikely.
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