Chris Sharma completes new Ceuse route - F9a(+?), US 5.15
Charles Arthur 19th July, 2001
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American wunderkind Chris Sharma has put up a route which links an F8c+, Biographie, with.. its second part, which gets F8b+ and has a F (or possibly Font) 7c+ crux, and "absolutely no rest". Only three people including Sharma have climbed the 8c+ part of the route; he has been working on the complete linkup for four years.
And just to show how frustrating it can be, he fell from that high crux an estimated 30 times.
Will it get repeated? Well, Dave Graham, another top-flight US climber, is known to be in the area...