Stefano Ghisolfi adds new 9a+ to Arco, Italy
At Laghel close to Arco, Italy's Stefano Ghisolfi made the first ascent of One Punch, a new 9a+ sports climb. Stefano Carnati repeated Il Frutto del Diavolo 8c+/9a at Bus de Vela and at Narango Alexander Megos made one of the hardest onsights on Italian soil.
The spotlight is once again on the Italian crag Laghel close to Arco. After Adam Ondra’s first ascent of the 9b Queen Line ten days ago, local climber Stefano Ghisolfi has now freed his project immediately to the left. The route, aptly called One Punch, fell after 10 days of attempts and was described by the Italian climber as "the hardest 9a+ I've ever done so far, probably close to 9b."
The 24-year-old, who in March made a fourth-go repeat of La Rambla at Siurana, can now turn his attention to Queen Line or the other projects in this sector recently ‘converted' to sport climbing after having been bolted by Diego and Mauro Mabboni for dry tooling.
In other Arco related news, at the crag Narango Alexander Megos onsighted the 8c/c+ Natural Present which, as the German quite rightly states, "doesn't happen too often" and is consequently one of the hardest ever onsights on Italian soil. The first to onsight an 8c in Italy was Adam Ondra, in 2009 at Covolo. Meanwhile at Bus de Vela Stefano Carnati pulled off a rare repeat of Il Frutto del Diavolo, a 8c+/9a freed by Gabriele Moroni in 2010.
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11/2015 - Lapsus 9b, Andonno, Italy
04/2016 - Goldrake 9a+, Cornalba, Italy
10/2016 - Jungle Boogie, 9a+, Ceuse, France
12/2016 - Ultimatum 9a+, Massone, Italy
01/2017 - First Round, First Minute, 9b, Margalef, Spain
01/2017 - First Ley 9a+, Margalef, Spain
03/2017 - La Rambla, 9a+, Siurana, Spain
05/2017 - One Punch, 9a+, Laghel, Arco, Italy