14 March 2022

Zonker L1 + L2 8a onsight by Andrea Locatelli (11)

Andrea Locatelli, who did his first 8c last year, has onsighted Zonker L1+L2 (8a) in Valle dell'Opol. "My first 8a onsight. Not very hard but surely very nice. I easily got through the first part (7a), then I was lucky enough to immediately understand the crux. I made the most out of a good rest and climbed the last part well. When at last the carabiner was in the chain my heart started beating super-fast and I was so happy to be there! I really like onsight climbing because you never know what's coming next."

His father David gave us some info on Andrea's climbing background. "Since Andrea was very young, we got him used to spend a lot of time outdoors, often on the crag, close to home or around Europe. When he was three years old, he started to play in the small climbing gym we have in our garage, and he improved very fast. At the age of seven, he joined a climbing team and started to compete in regional and national competitions. He likes to climb in the climbing gym, where he trains twice or three times a week, but he also loves to climb outdoors.

So far, he has not dedicated many days to a project, and he likes onsight climbing. At the age of nine, he completed his first 8a and right afterwards his first 7c onsight. To reach the climbing areas, we often travel with the whole family in our camper, trying to offer him a variety of climbing styles, types of rocks, crags, and boulder areas. Soon, we would like to go to Fontainebleau and then Kalymnos!"
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