VIDEO: Drop a line, ~8C+, Cousimbert

At Cousimbert, not far from Fribourg in Switzerland, Pirmin Bertle has put up Drop a line, ~8C+, his most difficult boulder problem to date.

After having all but retired from climbing due to injuries and bone marrow edema, Pirmin Bertle slowly began training again without any expectations. Quickly, he got better, and soon he was back on the same level as before the problems. Now a lot lighter, he could continue improving and, as he puts it, "break through to the next level".

Now, he has made the first ascent of a project he has worked on for eight months. Drop a line is a traverse, but as far as I understand, the grade is not a traverse grade. At 8C+, this would mean it's a contender for the hardest problem in the world, but there is a "but": 

In the recent past I have launched several high graded boulders and routes that claim from their appearance to be among the hardest in the world. They are not far from it, but they are nothing in comparison to what the strong young guns have done in the last years. I decided to grade them like this anyway. I have my reasons. I will explain.

On the other hand, Pirmin also says he needed way less time to repeat 8B's at Targassone than he had to spend on his own problems. A couple of hours compared to several days. So...it doesn't seem entirely clear, does it?

Pirmin Bertle is sponsored by: Maiday


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21 Nov, 2015
I understood less than nothing of Bertle's essay on grading.
21 Nov, 2015
Do we need to see every move from 3 angles? Couldn't even manage to finish watching it, and I normally love boulder vids!
22 Nov, 2015
0/10 couldn't finish. Watching every move from multiple angles is exhausting. And what was the bizarre thing with the grading? I really can't see that problem holding up to Goia, Process, some of Nalle's projects etc...
22 Nov, 2015
Rock looks nice, pity the line tops out on a tree trunk(?) Even though I find it intriguing his blog writings about grades and grading are totally beyond my comprehension (both in English as well as in German).
22 Nov, 2015
a quick glance at your profile suggests you're possibly not that qualified to downgrade a boulder problem that you've seen on a video.
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