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Best Week of Climbing Ever?.....Patxi Usobiaga..9a+ etc..

Patxi Usobiaga has concluded perhaps the most impressive week in sport-climbing history by repeating La Novena Enmienda (5.15a/9a+) at Santa Linya, Spain. Usobiaga climbed the first part of the route, graded 5.14c (8c+), in 2005. In early December this year, the World Cup champion needed only four tries over two days to dispatch the full 170-foot cave route, which was established in 2005 by Dani Andrada and graded 5.15a/b (9a+/9b).

Usobiaga climbed La Novena Enmienda on Monday, December 3. On Friday, November 30, Usobiaga onsighted three routes 5.13d (8b) or harder in a single day—5.13d (8b), 5.14b (8c), and “soft” 5.14a (8b+)—at Montsant, Spain. The hardest of the three, Variante Monocroma, was the first ascent of an existing project.

Four days earlier, on Tuesday, November 27, Usobiaga climbed a 5.15a (9a+) and 5.14c/d (8c+/9a) route in a single day at Siurana. He redpointed La Rambla (5.15a..9a+) two hours after finishing Estado Critico (5.14c/d..8c+/9a)

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Read the full report by Dougald MacDonald at Climbing.com.



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