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The Ticklist #46 Top ascents from around the world

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This week's ticklist is a smorgasbord of ascents from around the world...

8c+/9a Flash for Megos

Alex Megos has continued his fine run of form by onsighting an 8c+/9a. Just a few weeks after the German climber flashed Intermezzo XY gelöst (9a), he did the same on Chromosome Y in Charmey, Switzerland. The first ascentionist Pirmin Bertle originally gave the route 9a+ but this is believed to have been an eliminate version and others have suggested 8c+.

New Font 8C+ in Joe's Valley, UT

American climber Taylor McNeill has made the first ascent of Moonlight Sonata in Joe's Valley, Utah, and graded the problem Font 8C+. It took him 'three and a half years of frustration, anger and determination.' 

The 30-year-old had previously climbed three Font 8Cs: The Big Island in Fontainebleau, Southern Drawl in Chattanooga, and Squoze in Red Rocks, Nevada. 

Another Font 8B for Molly Thompson-Smith

23-year-old Molly Thompson-Smith has ticked her third Font 8B with an ascent of Steppenwolf in Magic Wood, Switzerland. Unfortunately, she hurt a finger pulley on her successful ascent. Remaining philosophical about the injury, she said: 'Luckily it's time for me to take a break after a long season and support my friends.'

Watch a video of Molly on the problem below:

VIDEO: Rogora on Erebor (9b/+)

Last week, we reported that Italian superstar Laura Rogora had redpointed Erebor (9b/+) - the hardest route ever climbed by a woman. Mellow have now released the footage of the 20-year-old ticking the route:


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