Alban Levier has made the first ascent of La Force, at the Orsay roof just south of Paris. La Force is a harder version of Quoi de neuf, ~8C, which he made the 3rd ascent of just before Christmas.
There are a number of variations to be climbed in this roof, so Alban's new creation can either be described as Quoi de neuf with a harder exit, or Vertical’Art, ~8B+, with a lower start. The difference is just the exit, where you can choose between a rather straight forward ~7B and a powerful hard ~7C (Morpheus).
Alban suggests a 9a route grade for his new problem, which could imply that he doesn't fully agree with the 8C suggested for the original problem.
Here is a video from the week before, where he got very close...
Thanks to Pierre Délas/Fanatic Climbing!
Alban Levier is sponsored by: Ocun, Rokodromo and Vertical Art