/ NEWS: Stoking the fire, 3rd 9b for Jakob Schubert
> I remember Sharma saying in an interview a few years ago (2012?) that he thought Neanderthal was low end 9b. Interesting that no-one else has managed it yet
Ondra has been exceedingly close. Last year he fell off a hands off rest after the jump move when a hold snapped.
Yes, you're right, I also remember reading Ondra's comment about Lapsus. So, it may turn to be considered easier in the future and doesn't qualify as 9b anymore.
Sorry for the off-topic remark, but talking about the difficulty range between routes of the 'same' grade, McClure's 9b seems to be a tough one! to me he's also at the peak of the red point specialization.
This week's Friday Night Video takes us to Ratikon in Switzerland. Fabian Buhl attempts the route Déjà, which was bolted in 1992 by Michi Wyser and Andres Lietha. The pair spent two years bolting the line and after attempting the route realised that...