Stoking the fire, 3rd 9b for Jakob Schubert

Jakob Schubert on Stoking the fire, 9b, Santa Linya  © Shinta Ozawa
Jakob Schubert on Stoking the fire, 9b, Santa Linya
© Shinta Ozawa
Jakob Schubert has made the third ascent, after Chris Sharma (2013) and Adam Ondra (2016), of Stoking the fire, 9b, at Santa Linya, Catalonia.

This was the third of the grade for Jakob after Sharma's Fight or flight (2014) at Oliana and Ondra's Planta de shiva (2016) at Villanueava del Rosario.

Once again I enjoyed to whole process of trying something hard a lot. It feels like I could have send this one much faster but this way I learned some more lessons again and an ascent always feels even better if it took a bit of a psychological battle as well.

Jakob Schubert is sponsored by: Gloryfy Unbreakable, La Sportiva and Mammut


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6 Jan, 2018
Impressive stuff. Only Sharma and Ondra have done more 9b's. I wonder if Sharma's nearby 2009 route, Neanderthal, will get it's long awaited second ascent this year?
9 Jan, 2018
Stefano Ghisolfi has three too: Lapsus F.A. (Repited & confirmed by Ondra) One slap (Second ascenct after Ondra) First round first minute (After Sharma, Ondra & Megos) Surely Megos idiosyncratic approach to hard climbing (he prefers to make quick ascents, 'like 9a+ in two or three tries', than spending a bit more of time on harder climbs) it's the reason behind his 9b scarceness... Anyway, for sure the 9b club remains a select one, so big congrats to Jackob for the big tick (He's a beast!).
9 Jan, 2018
I remember Sharma saying in an interview a few years ago (2012?) that he thought Neanderthal was low end 9b. Interesting that no-one else has managed it yet
9 Jan, 2018
I get the impression it's a very basic strength endurance style. Perhaps this is something that requires you to be operating at a slightly higher level in order to repeat it quickly, or be quite specialised?
10 Jan, 2018
I'm not sure about Lapsus. Don't think Ondra found it that hard but made some comment about being taller probably helped as I recall. I did wonder if he was just saying that because he didn't want to down grade his friend's long term project. But just idle speculation on my part so who knows? But I think Ghisolfi is very close to doing La Capella now so that'll definitely give him the lead behind Sharma and Ondra with 4 9b's if he's successful. I think Megos has tried some other 9b's - El Bonne Combat and La Planta de Shiva - and obviously didn't finish them for whatever reason. The speed which he's done certain 9a+'s is extraordinary though.
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