The Italian alpine guide, 48 year old Maurizio "Manolo" Zanolla, who has already climbed several 9a's including, Only For Old Warriors (7c, 7b+, 8b, 8c/9a) at Vette Feltrine (Italy) and Bain de Sang 9a at Saint Loup (Switzerland), has climbed another.
"Maurizio "Manolo" Zanolla is getting close to 50, but still manages to keep the powder dry. Yesterday morning he climbed Francois Nicole's Bimbaluna, 9a or possibly 9a+, at St Loup, Switzerland. He tried the route one year ago, for a few days, then he came back before Christmas for three days, once falling at the last move, with a temperature of -2 degree. On Sunday (20th January) he sent it at the second try "
The hardest sport routes in the world are 9a+/b.
Manolo is sponsored by La Sportiva