9th club: Zanone, Ondra and Zehani

Marco, Adam and Loic on fire!

01 February 2022
Marco Zanone, Adam Ondra and Loic Zehani on their grade 9 projects.

After having climbed his first 9a+, Marco Zanone was certainly not idle. Still on Iberian soil, he has succeeded in a new extreme climb, adding a juicy 9a to his curriculum. We are talking about Estado Critico, a true high-level masterpiece bolted by Dani Andrada and freed by Ramon Julian in 2004, immersed in the beautiful setting of the El Pati di Siurana sector.

Adam Ondra instead returned to Italy, spending a few days in the beautiful landscapes of Garda Trentino. In addition to having chosen this location for his wedding and having mastered many extreme pitches, Adam also loves the area for onsight climbing, considering the abundance of routes. In two days of work he managed to climb Trofeo dell'Adriatico (using two knee pads), the 9a+ freed by Gabri Moroni and bolted by Dave Lama. Lama, Moroni and Ondra: what a triptych of legends! Also based on his indiscretions, we know that another strong Italian is at work on the way… Who will he ever be?

Last but not least, 20 year old Frenchman Loic Zehani has added another nice pitch to his list of extreme routes, which includes more than 40 "9a or harder" pitches. The route in question is Casi mono, a nice 9a at Courchon. Loic describes the route as an excellent test piece on both physical climbing and holes, with a crux section full of mono and bidites. As a good athlete he is already working on the direct version, which he defined as more beautiful and harder!

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Alessandro Palma


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