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Chris Sharma climbs new F9b

© Pete O'Donovan
Chris Sharma, seemingly quite happy after his on-sight ascent of Paper Mullat (8b+/8c). The beard came off that night!  © Pete O'Donovan
Chris Sharma, seemingly quite happy after his on-sight ascent of Paper Mullat (8b+/8c). The beard came off that night!
Chris Sharma has climbed what is thought to be the hardest route in the Santa Linya cave in Catalunya, Spain.

Neanderthal (F9b) is the project that was featured in the BigUp Dosage V film (UKC Review) and climbs the whole way out of the massively overhanging limestone cave.

From Daila Ojeda's blog:

"After one rest day he [Chris] arrived to the anchor to the hardest route in the cave Neanderthal F9b"

The route is described as "a sustained F9a to a 2 finger pocket, followed by an all out dyno: then, several powerful boulder problems, no rests".

Chris' ascent was filmed by the BigUp Productions Crew.

This is the third route that Chris has suggested the grade of F9b for - the others being Jumbo Love at Clark Mountain in the USA and Golpe De Estado at Siurana, Spain.

  • You can read more info on the route and see some photos on 9b

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