Bolger bags Ciudad de Dios, 9a/+

© Maria Torres

British expat Tom Bolger, now residing in the village of Santa Linya, has started the year in the best possible way, finally succeeding on Edu Marin's Ciudad de Dios at his home crag, Santa Linya.

The route starts with a short bouldery 8c+ that leads to a rest. The second part also weighs in around 8c+, but is more about stamina. So, bouldery 8c+ + resistance 8c+ = 9a/+.

Here's what Tom wrote on his blog shortly before christmas: "I have been trying a route called Ciudad del dios [sic] 9a/+, having fallen near the top and struggling with flappers and heel slips and numb hands and any other excuse I could think of for falling rather than I just fell..."

This is Tom's 4th 9a or harder and his hardest to date.

Tom Bolger 'resting' on Ciudad de Dios - 9a/+ at Santa Linya, Spain
© Maria Torres
Sources: Victor Fernández, 8a

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Tom Bolger is a British expat who moved to Catalunya to focus on his climbing career. He's redpointed numerous ninth-grade routes up to 9a+ (Gancho Perfecto). He's also a former GB Climbing Team member.

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20 Jan, 2011
Excellent, well done Tom.
20 Jan, 2011
Good effort. He's rapidly becoming the UK's second best sport climber isn't he.
20 Jan, 2011
So which other British climbers have climbed 9a or harder outside of Britain? Bolger MacLoed (8c+/9a) Simpson
20 Jan, 2011
Malc Smith? Also, that is an amazing "no hands"!
20 Jan, 2011
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