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Empath 9a on gear

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I missed this a few days ago, only heard about it on EpicTV today: Connor Herson has climbed Empath on trad gear. I think the grade has settled at 9a, making it one of the hardest trad climbs in the world. Though maybe it doesn't count if the bolts are still there?

https://www.instagram.com/p/CerdpkSPGoL/

https://climbing-history.org/climb/1944/empath

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In reply to Suncream:

That photo makes it look like he's placing gear on lead as well.

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 Jamie B 17 Jun 2022
In reply to Suncream:

Designer trad. No commitment.

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 Michael Gordon 17 Jun 2022
In reply to Suncream:

There was a bit of a craze for 'greenpointing' a few years ago (climbing a sport route on trad gear but without chopping the bolts). Mainly just for a fun challenge I think, though with the bolts still in place it would surely remain officially a sport route.

 deacondeacon 17 Jun 2022
In reply to pancakeandchips:

Climbing 9a takes a pretty significant amount of commitment. Bolts or no bolts.

In reply to deacondeacon:

Yes of course, not that I have any idea how hard it is to climb 9a on bolts. I think you replied to the wrong person?

 deacondeacon 17 Jun 2022
In reply to pancakeandchips:

Lol, sorry, it was for Jamie 🙂🙂


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