No details yet, but after having been close many times, Chris Sharma has made the 2nd ascent of La dura dura, 9b+, at Oliana.
The line was bolted by Sharma but Adam Ondra made the first ascent in the beginning of February this year, suggesting 9b+. I haven't had time to get in touch with Chris yet, but anything other than a confirmation of that grade would be highly surprising.
A while back, before Adam made the first ascent, I asked Chris how he felt about Adam, potentially doing it before him, considering he bolted it:
Adam deserves it just as much I think, considering he really brought the route to life. I'll be psyched to do it in which ever order. I'll take what I can get! hehehe
So, an educated guess would be that the man is psyched right now! And who deserves it more?
Quite unsurprisingly, Chris says that he is super happy. The last few meters to the chains felt surreal and nervous as all hell at the same time.
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