Patxitxulo 9a/+ by Anak Verhoeven

Monday, 11 October

Anak Verhoeven reports on Insta that she has done the first repeat of Patxi Usobiaga's Patxitxulo 9a/+ in Oliana. "This one is a linkup between an 8c+ and a 9a+, creating a nice line with cruxes of both routes, no big rests and cool moves all the way." (c) Ezra Byrne

The 25-year-old Belgian has previously done eleven routes 8c+/9a and harder which is second-most in the world after Laura Rogora. She has won three World Cups and was runner up eight times, almost always behind Janja Garnbret. She stopped competing in 2019 after having had an elbow injury since 2017 and in 2020, she ruptured a pulley and had to do surgery.

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