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Magnus Midtbø onsights 8c+ at Rodellar in Spain


Norwegian climber Magnus Midtbø has onsighted Cosi fan tutte 8c+ at Rodellar. He is now the fifth sports climber to onsight this grade.

A few months ago Magnus Midtbø did what many sports climbers dream of: he bought a one-way ticket to Spain! The Norwegian climber had his sights set on Neanderthal, Chris Sharma's massive 9b in the Santa Linya cave but with this often being wet, he decided cut his losses and travel just a few hours north to Rodellar where he astounded all with his amazing onsight of Cosi fan tutte, a 55m stamina fest at the picturesque Piscineta sector.

Midtbø commented that he was both "Super psyched and surprised" and in doing so he joins the select few who have succeeded in sending 8c+ in this formidable style. It was in 2007 that Spain's Patxi Usobiaga first broke into this level of difficulty with his on-sight - and first ascent - of Bizi euskara at Etxauri, Spain. At the start of 2011 Adam Ondra repeated this feat with three 8c+ onsights in just a handful of days, while a few months later Ramon Julian Puigblanque immediately dispatched with The crew at Rifle (USA). And, as everyone no doubt knows, last month German climber Alexander Megos skipped the 8c+ grade entirely and checked in with the world's first 9a onsight.

TOPO: Rodellar, Spain





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