9a+ wind in Europe!
9a+ for Ramonet, Flor and Welt01 September 2021
Ramon Julian, Jonatan Flor and Moritz Welt on their 9a+ projects.
Old lion keeps fighting: Ramon Julian Puigblanque is still on fire, despite being almost the age of forty. Before the Margalef closure for fire danger, the old lion has climbed a 9a+, as if it is normal. He has tried Frenesi, the famous route in Margalef and he has sent it in just two tries! It is unbelievable, special if we consider that 9a+ is his highest grade and he is not so young anymore!
Jonatan Flor confirms his great body shape, 9th grade is a sort of routine. After some tries, he has freed a new line in Spain, extreme as always. The name is Zeleputza, the grade could be 9a+ and Jonatan says "línea brutal". The route is a endurance masterpiece and it is on the perfect wall, full of hard lines that are waiting for a FA!
Same grade but in another country: Thor's hammer, a king line in Flatanger. Thir line has been the main project of Moritz Welt, fresh of his first 8c flash. Moritz said to have won the hardest battle in his life with this route..
“My main objective of this trip has finally come down! And it turned out to be one of the biggest fights I've ever had, mentally and physically. For 3 weeks I only struggled with the first 10 meters out of the total 60. But since the rest of the route is still crazy hard, I didn't even know how it'll go as soon as I pass this first crux. Well, 3 days ago, after changing my beta multiple times I somehow managed to do so and surprisingly I made my way even through the second and third crux, and reached the final rail. I was afraid to fall there and that's exactly what happened, 2 meters below the chains, 5 moves of ~7a to go. I didn't know if I would be able to pass all the cruxes again in only 2 more climbing days, but the will to send was stronger than the fear. On the next climbing day I came back, fell on the first crux once, and finally, on the second go of the day, I fought up the whole 60 meters to the top. This is for sure the most rewarding send I've ever made, and another big step for me to reach a new level. Grade-wise, I will go for the 9a+, although some people considered it to be rather soft. It simply felt one step above any 9a I've done, so for me at least the consensus of 9a/+ must be fitting.”
In his opinion Thor’s hammer is harder than every 9a climbs of his career.
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