Alex Megos has climbed his long-term project at Ceuse after reportedly spending 60 days on the route. The line, called 'Bibliographie', tackles the steep ground to the right of Biographie's blue streak and there is speculation that it is in the 9b+/9c grade range.
Update: Megos has confirmed the grade at 9c.
Sometimes the odds are against you, but it doesn't mean you don't have a chance. Yesterday evening, on my last day of the trip, it definitely wasn't looking good after messing up the first (and only) try I wanted to do that day. I fell relatively low on the route though, so I decided to give it an infamous "one last go". I passed the crux in the middle of the route, and found myself on the poor rest before the final hard section. Twice prior to this burn I had fallen on the last hard move of the route, so I wasn't feeling super confident. Nonetheless I started off after the rest with full pace and only briefly slowed down to adjust one hold and to get it perfectly. I passed my 'trouble move' seemingly effortlessly and despite being completely pumped out of my mind, I was able to pull off the sequence of the last four moves. After clipping the anchor it seemed like all of the days of work I have put into the route were passing in front of my eyes. With approximately 60 climbing days over the past three years "Bibliographie" has been by far my longest project to date. I know there are many speculations about the grade and I think grades are very subjective. My personal suggestion for the grade is 9c (5.15d). Considering the fact, that "Perfecto Mundo" (9b+) has taken me 16 days of effort, "Bibliographie" with around 60 days and more specific training felt a lot harder. Of course, as the first ascensionist you don't have your perfect beta from the start, you have doubts whether it is possible or not for you, if you are completely missing something, or if you are just not in the best shape. It is always harder to grade something without any other opinion. I am very curious about what the future of the route will look like, and grateful for other people's opinions. Independently from the grade, this has been a very valuable experience for me. It marks a personal milestone in my climbing life, one I would have not been able to complete without the support and help of all of my friends and family. Deep gratitude and thanks goes to all of you! (And yes, there is send footage 😉) Pic @ken_etzel
This is Alex's first 9c and only the second of the grade in the world – the first being Adam Ondra's Silence in Flatanger, Norway. The project is known as Bibliography and starts up an 8c to a good rest, followed by a Font 8B boulder problem and finishing with a 9a+ route.
Alex's previous hardest was his first ascent of Perfecto Mundo, a 9b+ project at Margalef bolted by Chris Sharma. He was the third person to climb the grade, after Adam Ondra and Chris Sharma. Alex also has good form at Ceuse – in 2014, he needed only four attempts to climb Chris Sharma's Biographie (9a+)
Ethan Pringle bolted the 35m route in 2011 and footage of Alex attempting the project can be seen at the being of Rotpunkt below:
More info to follow.