Lead World Champion, Jakob Schubert spent a couple of weeks in Cataluña, Spain over Christmas and New Year's. The result was five 9a's and two 8c+'s!
Of course, this calls for some comments from the Austrian who just turned 22. I also asked him how he felt the routes he did compared in style to the world cup competition routes:
Spain was amazing indeed!
Well, the Santa Linya style is actually pretty good for comp lead climbers I think, since it's so steep and a lot about endurance and power endurance.
The hardest route I did was for sure Ciudad de Dios, which is a very hard 9a with a hard boulder in the beginning and then you climb Fabella 8c+, which is also hard for its grade and very pumpy untill the last move.
The second hardest of my ascents was Seleccio Narural for me, which is a very resistant 9a, where I had to fight my pump really hard to do it.
The other routes Jakob did was Analogica natural, 9a, Fuck the system, 9a, Direct open your mind, 9a, Bumaye, 8c+, and Gipsy blood, 8c+.
Jakob Schubert has several sponsors including: Mammut, La Sportiva, Barracuda and Reiffeisen.