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NEWSFLASH: Alex Megos repeats Hubble

Alex Megos working Hubble in 2014, 57 kb
Alex Megos working Hubble in 2014
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Alex Megos has made the FFA (First Foreign Ascent) of Ben Moon's Hubble at Raven Tor. Ben made the first ascent in 1990 and it's regarded as the first 9a in the world.

After repeats by  Malcolm Smith, John Gaskins, Steve Dunning and Steve McClure, and attempts by people like Adam Ondra, David Graham, Sean Mccoll and many more, Hubble has finally been repeated by a non British climber.

That Alex Megos became the one shouldn't come as a big surprise to anyone as the style of the route, with powerful climbing on small holds is exactly where Alex has his biggest strength. Remember he got his rock climbing education in Frankenjura, home of the gnarly pockets and sharp, tiny crimpers.

Alex is well on his way to climbing all of the routes on the top-100 in the Frankenjura - list, a list that includes his own Supernova, ~9b as well as several 9a+'s and many 9a's.

He has also repeted Chris Sharma's First round, first minute, 9b, at Margalef, and Paul Robinson's Lucid dreaming, ~8C, at Bishop, one of the hardest boulder problems in the World.

In 2013 he became the first to onsight 9a with Estado critico at Siurana, Spain. He needed only a couple of hours to repeat Action directe, 9a, and only three attemps to repeat Biographie, 9a+.

In total, he has made first ascents of more than a dozen 9a's and harder and repeated almost 30.

In short, at 22 years of age, Alex is already one of the most accomplished sport climbers ever, and he has only begun.

Stay tuned for more!

Alex Megos is sponsored by: Café Kraft, DMM, Entre Prises, Klättercentret, Patagonia, Red Bull, Sterling Rope and Tenaya



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