Priorato de Sion 9a by Gonzalo Larrocha

Tuesday, 20 April

Gonzalo Larrocha, who just did his 18th 9a, has done Ramon Julian Puigblanque's Priorato de Sion 9a in Alquezar. In total, the 36-year-old has done seven routes 8b and harder the last week, out of which four FAs! Psicosis 8c/+ in the picture by Uri.

So how can you explain being in the best shape ever?
I don't know what is happening this week. It could be the vaccine's secondary effect. I have been trying this route for two months. This route is a different style of climbing. I used 16 different kneebars to climb the 15 meters route. On the other hand, a broken hold in the crux section could maintain the difficulty.

It should be mentioned that Ramonet graded it 8c+ but all repeaters have thought 9a fits better. Many of his FAs have later been upgraded.

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