Ghisolfi and L'Arenauta, 9b FA

Stefano frees the hardest line in Lazio

09 February 2022
Stefano Ghisolfi has made the first ascent of L'Arenauta, 9b in Sperlonga.

We had seen his first steps on shooting and he had anticipated something in a video, now it is no longer a project: Stefano Ghisolfi has freed L'Arenauta, a real kingline in the cave of the same name.

Bolted more than twenty years ago by a futuristic Giuliano Tarquini, the route was waiting for a first ascent but rejected any pretender. Stefano opened the “construction site” at the beginning of the year, but one trip was not enough to complete the entire project. The horizontal roof that houses the crux is really extremely demanding and required Stefano a particular style training in order to optimize the kneebars.

The route, probably the most overhanging pitch on grade 9b in the world, stands out as the hardest route in central Italy, as well as one of the hardest on the entire peninsula. In total Stefano has climbed twelve pitches 9b or harder, almost all between Spain and Italy, with the exception of Change (9b + in Flatanger) and Bibliographie (formerly 9c in Ceuse).

From Stefano Ghisolfi’s IG page

Alessandro Palma


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