Chris Sharma, New 9a+ Photo

© Pete O'Donovan
Chris Sharma on the first ascent of Demencia Senil 9a+ at Margalef, Cataluyna, Spain  © Pete O'Donovan
Chris Sharma on the first ascent of Demencia Senil 9a+ at Margalef, Cataluyna, Spain
© Pete O'Donovan

On Friday (20th February) Chris Sharma climbed another grade 9 sport route, proposing 9a+. Daila Ojeda reports (

"The condition for climbing is perfect now! We have been taking advantage of the great weather these days... and today in Margalef Chris did the first ascent of "Demencia Senil" 9a+. One incredible overhang in the Laboratory. Really nice photo from the catalan-english Pete O'Donovan.

Margalef is a conglomerate climbing area a few hours away from Montsant and Siurana, south of Barcelona. It is a relatively new area and seeing a lot of attention from Spain's top climbers.

The statisticians at report that, "During the last 12 months, Chris has redpointed two 9bs, two 9a+'s, four 9a's and onsighted three 8c's."

Thank you to Pete O'Donovan for the photograph.

Chris Sharma is sponsored by Evolv, prAna, Petzl, Entre Prises, EMS and Sterling Ropes

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21 Feb, 2009
"During the last 12 months, Chris has done two 9bs, two 9a+, four 9as and three 8c onsight." That's an impressive ticklist for a lifetime of climbing, let alone 12 months!
21 Feb, 2009
Is the picture taken from the same part that MacLeod did that solo? Looks familiar....
22 Feb, 2009
Sharma is fooking at the top of his game ! A legend ! Amazing ! I will drink to that ! Top piccy
22 Feb, 2009
Maybe he could do 'Wizard Ridge'
22 Feb, 2009
So is Sharma generally considered by those in the know to be back at the top of the sport then? I know around the time Patxi Usogobia (?) onsighted that 8c+, and adam ondra and edu marin etc were crushing in siurana, there was talk that perhaps Sharma wasnt the best in the world. Recently though he seems to be producing a LOT of hard routes. Is it a case of we only here about his? Or is it that Usogobia/Ramon Julien etc are all in their 6 month training period or something? Or is he the best? Sounds that way. Impressive stuff. They look like small holds for him too!
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