/ NEWS: Queen Line, 9b, first ascent by Adam Ondra

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UKC News - on 19 Apr 2017
Adam Ondra on Queen Line, 9b, Arco, Italy, 5 kbAdam Ondra has made the first ascent of Queen Line, hard 9b, at Arco in northern Italy. That's not all though. Afterwards he went on to make the 3rd ascent of Stefano Ghisolfi's Ultimatum, 9a+, at Massone.

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jon on 19 Apr 2017
In reply to UKC News:

Well, that was a spectacularly crap bit of film!
stp - on 21 Apr 2017
In reply to UKC News:

He repeated Lapsus today too. I think that just leaves him 2 9b's in Europe left to do: Neanderthal and El Bonne Combat.

guy xavier percival - on 21 Apr 2017
In reply to stp:
Does Akira count as a 9b? Still unrepeated afaik
La benya - on 21 Apr 2017
In reply to guy xavier percival:

dont think the holds are still there
Fraser on 21 Apr 2017
In reply to jon:

Agreed, it wasn't the best. Was the camera person up a tree initially?!

What was also of interest to me to was the statement: "Adam's and Patxi Usobiaga's attempts will be live streamed on Black Diamon's facebook page Sunday 23 April 18.00 CET." That could be good!
Toerag - on 21 Apr 2017
In reply to guy xavier percival:

> Does Akira count as a 9b? Still unrepeated afaik

I'd love for someone to get on this and prove it either way. As this article says, it's not like Rouhling was a crap climber:- http://www.climbing.com/people/fred-rouhling/
jon on 21 Apr 2017
In reply to Fraser:

> Agreed, it wasn't the best. Was the camera person up a tree initially?

... and looking the other way...?
Fraser on 21 Apr 2017
In reply to jon:

aaaah, people can be so picky. ;)
SuperLee1985 - on 21 Apr 2017
In reply to Toerag:

Interesting article, thanks for that.
stp - on 21 Apr 2017
In reply to guy xavier percival:

> Does Akira count as a 9b? Still unrepeated afaik

Good point. I suppose the grade is unconfirmed in the sense that even Rouhling had nothing else to compare it with. Also the route is manufactured to fit Rouhling's size and ability. And maybe it wouldn't even be considered a route today as it's pretty low and might be protected by bouldering mats rather than climbed with a rope. So it's a bit of an odd one.

There are also hybrid boulder routes in Spain that I didn't count either.
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Cellinski - on 21 Apr 2017
In reply to stp:

There is also Meiose (9b) in Charmey/Switzerland, opened by Pirmin Bertle and not repeated so far.

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