9th club: van Rensburg, Gaßner and Marchaland
Extreme routes in Europe15 June 2022
Mel Janse van Rensburg, Philipp Gaßner and Jules Marchaland on their 9a routes.
Between Natalia Grossman who secured the victory of the IFSC bouldering world cup circuit with one comp to spare and Yannick Flohé who won his first gold medal, sport climber from all over the world take advantage of the excellent conditions at the end of spring to be able to close the their most extreme projects.
This week's hot news opens with Mel Janse van Rensburg, who has climbed a real piece of history at the Voralpsee crag. The career of the young South African is in full and constant growth, with truly relevant results both indoors and outdoors. After winning the national champion title in both bouldering and lead last year, Mel Janse has climbed Speed integral, a truly iconic pitch not only for the magical 9a grade. His plans now are to switch to the competition mood and prepare for the world cup and world games.
If we are talking about 9a, we cannot fail to mention Philipp Gaßner, who as always is in good shape and ready to close extreme routes. This time he went to the crag of Nassereith and climbed Hades, a 9a that requires a good dose of endurance. The crux takes place on small crimps, with a courageous final crossing to a good rest. After the rest, continue up to the chain on a nice gray slab, easy and fun, which allows the lucky climber who has reached that point to enjoy the last moments of his ascent. Furthermore, in the same spot, Philipp also climbed Fonax, 8c +.
Last but not least, our dear Jules Marchaland put the icing on the cake on his last stint. After breaking the ice with the first 9a a short time ago, Jules has now reached his third. At the Gorges du Loup crag he climbed Kinematix, a truly super pitch! He will tell us about it in the next interview ...
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