Charles Albert claims ~8C+ in Fontainebleau

by Björn Pohl - UKC 13/Nov/2017
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Charles Albert in front of La Revolutionnaire, Fontainebleau, 145 kb
Charles Albert in front of La Revolutionnaire, Fontainebleau
© Charles Albert coll.
Charles Albert, also known as Barefoot Charles, has added three difficult moves to the start of his own, unrepeated, La revolutionnaire, ~8C, at Gros Sablons, Fontainebleau. These moves he suggest bumps the difficulty up to ~8C+, which, if confirmed would make it the first of that grade in the area. As always he climbed it without shoes.

Charles told Fanatic climbing It adds 3 difficult moves to the obvious start and it takes me 2 sessions for climbing it with this new start addition. It's classical roof climbing, the only particular thing is a kneebar. It's a 10 moves problem before finishing your effort in a blue circuit boulder.

One of Charles' creations, the direct version of Le pied à coulisse, given ~8B+ but thought by many to be a lot harder to climb with shoes, was repeated recently by Nalle Hukkataival, who confirmed the grade.

To my question "Barefoot?", he replied "Bare hands!", so apparently there was a way.

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