As seem to have become a tradition, many of the French top climbers spend this time a year in Cataluña, Spain. Not that this is in anyway limited to the French.
16 year old wiz kid Enzo Oddo has spent a lot of time on the classic La Rambla original, 9a+, in the El Pati sector at Siurana. After twentyfive or so attempts, he did the 7th ascent after Ramón Julián, Edu Marin, Chris Sharma, Andreas Bindhammer, Patxi Usobiaga and Adam Ondra.
The original route, named La Rambla was put up by Alexander Huber in 1994 and given 8c+.
9 years later, Ramonet extended the line somewhat called it La Rambla original and gave it 9a+. The extension doesn't really add much, if anything, to the difficulty, which would strongly imply the original route (not to be confused with La Rambla original), was in fact considerably harder than 8c+ to begin with.
This was Enzo's 4th 9a+.
Meanwhile at Siurana, Sébastien Bouin climbed his second ~9a in short time by repeating Chris Sharma's 50m Era Bella, 9a, in six tries.
Marginal conditions in the mountains this winter have led to uncertainty and difficult decision-making when planning journeys... Read more
Our Friday Night Video is a fantastically shot view of Jason Kehl's Hueco. Kehl looks at the potential for the development of new... Read more
Stefano Ghisolfi has made the fourth ascent of Chris Sharma's First round, first minute, 9b, at Margalef, Catalunya,... Read more
22 year-old Warwick-based climber Will Smith has climbed his first 9a with an ascent of the pumpy testpiece Era Vella... Read more
Anak Verhoeven has made very quick ascents of La reina mora and Broadway, both 8c+/9a and both at Siurana, Spain. After a, for... Read more