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Pirmin Bertle on Chromosome Y at Charmey in Switzerland
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Pirmin Bertle on Chromosome X at Charmey in Switzerland
Photo by archivio Pirmin Bertle
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Pirmin Bertle frees two 9a's at Charmey


At the Swiss crag Charmey Pirmin Bertle has freed Chromosome X and Chromosome Y, two routes both graded 9a.

At the end of March Pirmin Bertle added two new routes , Chromosome X and Chromosome Y to the crag Charmey in Switzerland. While the grade is undoubtedly high - 9a in both cases - what renders this performance interesting is the fact that Bertle freed both in just over an hour. More precisely, from 19 to 20:15 on 30 March 2012.

In the past Bertle had already managed to send numerous hard climbs in a single day - for example the 8c's Le Cadre and La chronique at Ceuse and the 8c+ Inshallah and Gora Guta Gutarak at Kalymnos - but freeing two new 9a's, in rapid succession, is something new and impressive for Bertle, too. Talking about things new: the names of the routes probably have to do with the fact that a fortnight ago the 26-year-old German became a father.

Some interesting climbing info Charmey in Canton Fribourg: Chromosome X now lacks a direct start which could be somewhere in the region of 9b, while to date Bertle has invested circa 200 attempts in repeating the nearby climb Le donjon de Nahelbeuk. Officially this route is graded 8c+ but in may well be closer to 9a... which just goes to show that the routes at this crag, and in Switzerland in general, tend to be pretty stiff.

03/12 Chromosome Y 9a Charmey first ascent
03/12 Chromosome X 9a Charmey first ascent
03/11 Jungle Speed 9a Siurana  
09/10 Torture Physique 2.0 9a Gastlosen first ascent
07/10 Cabane au Canada 9a Rawyl  
04/10 Force du rapport 9a Charmey first ascent
01/08 A muerte 9a Siurana  
03/11 Chocolate caliente 8c+ Siurana  
12/10 Devers Royale 8c+ Geyik Bayiri  
12/10 Inshallah 8c+ Kalymnos  
12/10 Gora Guta Gutarak 8c+ Kalymnos  
10/10 Mehw Power 8c+ Gorges du Tarn first ascent
10/10 La part du diable 8c+ Céüse  
05/10 Mega Grand Zebre 8c+ Gastlosen  
09/09 I shot the sheriff 8c+ St. Georges  
09/09 Projet X (sortie gauche) 8c+ St. Georges  
09/09 Le roi lézard 8c+ Jansegg first ascent
03/09 Après heros 8c+ St. Triphon  
03/09 E la nave va piu avanti 8c+ Lindental  
08/07 Bah Bah Black Sheep 8c+ Céüse  





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