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Maurizio ‘Manolo’ Zanolla climbs vertical 8c


The Italian Maurizio ‘Manolo’ Zanolla reclimbs Appigli ridicoli’, this time without drilled pocket and improved hold, to add new 8c

Maurizio 'Manolo' ZanollaThe Italian Maurizio Zanolla, better known as ‘Manolo’, recently revisited the tiny crag Baule, high up in the Dolomites. In 1990 he had climbed ‘Appigli ridicoli’ (ridiculous holds), a 20m just-off vertical 8b after having drilled a one-finger pocket and improved another hold. This November he put the route back in its original state and repeated the route third go: suggested grade 8c.

Manolo is a near mythical figure in Italian climbing, having seen the sport evolve from its very beginning to his 8c at the brink of 44. Famous for his audacious repeats in the Dolomites and his highly technical “old-style” vertical ascents, most of which still lie unrepeated almost a decade on, Manolo had the following to say:

"It’s hard to grade a route like this because of the nature of the climbing – even though the moves are there and the holds small and positive, there are a couple of touch-and-go sections. Given my age, lack of power, injuries and the speed with which I freed the line perhaps it isn’t 8c… but it’s definitely 8b+. It’s clear though that, as always, we’ll have to wait for a repeat for the grade to be confirmed."

Manolo su 'Ultimo Movimento' 8b

Top left: Maurizio 'Manolo' Zanolla
Photo Oscar Durbiano

Top: Manolo on 'Il mattino dei maghi' 7c+ Photo Simion

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