21-year-old Will Bosi has become the second Brit to climb the grade of 9b and the first Brit to climb 9b abroad with an ascent of La Capella 9b in Siurana, Spain. La Capella was a project bolted by David and Carles Brasco in the 90s and first climbed by Adam Ondra in 2011, featuring two intense boulder cruxes within 15 metres of climbing. This is only the fourth ascent of La Capella, after repeats by Stefano Ghisolfi and Daniel Woods in 2018.
Will spent two sessions on the route and was working against the clock (today was the last day of his month-long trip to Spain) as well as battling poor skin due to the amount of time spent on the rock.
After completing the route, Will commented: "I just can't stop smiling! This route has been a lifetime goal of mine and climbing it means so much to me."
Will's previous hardest redpoint was 9a. Bosi became the youngest Brit to climb the grade with Rainshadow at Malham in 2016 before repeating the iconic Hubble at Raven Tor and making the first repeat of Malcolm Smith's Hunger at the Anvil, Loch Goil. Steve McClure became the first Brit to climb 9b with an ascent of his own route, Rainman, at Malham Cove in 2017.
Will is returning to the UK to train for the European Continental Championships in Moscow, where he has a final chance to earn a berth at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Thanks to Band of Birds for the information and photos. Video to follow...