Alex Megos repeats Companion of Change, 9a+, in the Zillertal

by Björn Pohl - UKC 14/Jun/2017
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Alex Megos on Companion of Change, 9a+, Bergstation, Zillertal. , 197 kbAlex Megos on Companion of Change, 9a+, Bergstation, Zillertal.
© Liam Lonsdale
Alex Megos has made the second ascent of Jakob Schubert's route, Companion of Change, 9a+ at Bergstation, in the Zillertal, Austria.

The route took Alex three days in total to repeat, requiring some savvy tactics to avoid humidity and the summer sunshine; all under the watchful eye of local pioneer and climbing legend, Gerhard Hörhager.

Alex told Liam: Jakob graded the route 9a/+, for me I would say it is definitely 9a+ and a great one at that. This is the first time I visited Zillertal, the whole area is absolutely beautiful and the climbing is even better.

The repeat came after a string of fast ascents of classic routes in the area, including Love 2.1, 8c+, and Dolby Surround, 8c+/9a*, both at Ewige Jagdgründe.

*Originally given 8c+ by Kilian Fischhuber an upgrade was suggested by Jakob Schubert after a hold broke prior to his repeat.

Alex is currently travelling through the Tirol & Süd Tirol regions with photographer Liam Lonsdale, in cooperation with Vertical Life Climbing. They are aiming to explore the region as much as possible during their trip, whilst taking in classic areas and routes.

Alex Megos is sponsored by: Café Kraft, DMM, Entre-Prises, Friction Labs, Patagonia, Red Bull, Sterling Rope, Tenaya and Vertical Life Climbing

Liam Lonsdale is sponsored by: 3 Legged Thing, Peak Design, Rinaldo's Speciality Coffee and Boldest Blocwear and Trōv

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