Hot chili X by Muriel Sarkany and more

Arjan de Kock on Golden shadow, 8B+, Rocklands  © Marinus Coetzee
Arjan de Kock on Golden shadow, 8B+, Rocklands
© Marinus Coetzee

Muriel Sarkany, the ex-world champion from Belgium, has repeated Hot chili X, 8c, at Déversé in Gorge du Loup north of Nice.
This was Muriel's second of the grade, after Drop city, which she climbed in Turkey three years ago.

Also in France, but at Rocher du Mourgue, Christophe Zehani did his 4th 8c+ of the year, and quite likely the one with the longest name: Les rois de la pipe sortent par la grande porte.

A wee bit further south, in Rocklands, South Africa, Adam Ondra made the 2nd ascent of Fred Nicole's Golden shadow, 8B+. Adam needed two hour to complete the problem no one else had been able to repeat.
He also managed to flash leopard cave, 8A+.
Earlier Adam told me he was close to doing "a very high arête". My guess is that he was talking about Nalle Hukkataival's unrepeated Living large, 8C. If it was this one, it would seem he didn't do it this time.

Sources: Kairn, BelClimb and 8a

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31 Aug, 2011
Micky Page got the 3rd ascent but yet again no report about possibly the strongest dark horse of them all!
31 Aug, 2011
Living large from the looks of it seems like more of a solo than a boulder problem. Mabye Ondra could be capable of hard trad?