Alexander Megos 9a+ sends from Austria to Ceüse
German climber Alexander Megos has made fast ascents of three 9a+ sports climbs: Jungle Boogie at Ceuse in France, Companion of Change in Austria’s Zillertal and Clash of the Titans at Götterwandl.
If you're capable of onsighting 9a, it’s logical that 9a+ shouldn’t take too long to redpoint. In fact, after having onsighted TCT at Gravere at the end of March, 23-year-old Alexander Megos has now made short work of three routes half a grade harder.
The first, located deep in Austria’s Zillertal, is called Companion of Change and was freed in 2015 by Jakob Schubert who cautiously graded it 9a at the time. After three days of effort Megos suggested an upgrade to 9a+, then headed to the Götterwandl crag close to Nassereith where he pulled off the first ascent of the same graded Clash of the Titans.
Given the heat the German found refuge at altitude, at Ceüse in France where in a single day he repeated Jungle Boogie. Megos had attempted the route for 15 minutes three years ago, while the other day he needed just three attempts for the successful redpoint. It’s worth remembering that on that day back in 2014 Megos made the remarkable one-day repeat of one of the most coveted 9a+ in the world, Biographie.