Back in January, Italian climber Alessandro Zeni made the first ascent of Cryptography at Saint Loup in Switzerland. The route links Bain de Sang (9a) and Bimbaluna (9a/9a+), avoiding the rests on both routes and essentially linking the cruxes together. Zeni has graded the route 9b and if confirmed, would make it one of the hardest slabs in the world.
Watch the video of the ascent below:
Bain de Sang was first climbed by Fred Nicole back in 1993 and Bimbaluna was climbed by François Nicole in 2004. For Zeni, these routes aren't the first desperate slab climbs he has done. In 2018, he made the first ascent of Energia Cosmica, which he graded 9a+.