Jakob Schubert has made the 2nd ascent of Chris Sharma's Neanderthal (9b) in Santa Linya, Catalunya. Sharma climbed the route in December 2009 and it has received attention from the likes of Adam Ondra and Magnus Midtbø.
I stuck the dyno!! 2nd ascent of Neanderthal [9b] in Santa Linya 🎉 A king line opened by @chris_sharma in 2009 🙌👊🏾 On my first day working this 115 moves (!!) monster I thought it will take a while to be able to send. But I quickly made a lot of progress and today (my 6th day on the route) I stuck the crux move and kept it together until the top. Such a sick route!! Long routes like this take a lot of psychological effort but make the feeling of reaching the victory jug even more rewarding 🔥 I have to add that I used one kneepad for my ascent, actually the first time I ever send something hard with such a thing on, but it felt really useful. I did two knee bars on the route both would be more painful without it so I decided it's time.. 😅 • Video by @catalunyaclimb during my ascent. Thanks for the cheering @georgparma @michael.piccolruaz @alexandra.ladurner @hugoparmentier @gazparry and everyone else 🙌😉 • #rockclimbing #send #whataday #climbingvideo #9b #sopsyched
Neanderthal is 50 metres long and finishes at the apex of the cave, making it the hardest and one of the most impressive routes at the crag. Schubert spent six days attempting the 115-move monster and once he stuck the crux move 'kept it together until the top.'
Writing on his Instagram, Schubert said: 'I stuck the crux move and kept it together until the top. Such a sick route!! Long routes like this take a lot of psychological effort but make the feeling of reaching the victory jug even more rewarding.'
This is Schubert's fourth 9b after climbing Sharma's Fight or Flight and Stoking the Fire, as well as Adam Ondra's La Planta de Shiva. He is perhaps best known for his exceptional competition record. Competing since 2008, he has 18 gold medals to his name and 48 podium places in total, and last year became the combined World Champion in Innsbruck, beating the likes of Adam Ondra and Domen Skofic in the process.
Here's a video of Magnus Midtbø attempting Neanderthal: