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Luca Zardini flashes Shalom 8b+


The Italian Luca Zardini flashes Shalom 8b+ at Covolo, Italy

Luca ‘Canon’ Zardini has done it once again! On the 6th of October the Italian effectively remote-control flashed ‘Shalom’, 8b+ at Covolo, one of Italy's hardest crags.

This is what he had to say about his ascent and 2001:

“After three years absence I returned to Covolo, the great crag near Vicenza which, in the past, has been the scene of some my best ascents. These include ‘Progetto’ in ’92, ‘Federic le Magnifique’ in ’97 and ‘Nagay’ (just 4 attempts) in 1998.

Despite poor conditions I flashed the crag’s most recent addition, ‘Shalom’ 8b+. Or, to put it better, my ascent was more via remote-control then flash, as I hadn’t seen anyone try the route. Instead I carried out the sequence of moves while my belayer, Luigi Billoro, shouted them out to me.

I’m really pleased with this ascent and it comes about thanks to my training regime. In competitions this year, for various reasons, I’ve failed to do myself justice.

‘Shalom’ can be added to another 8b at Ceuse which I flashed, “L’ami de tut le Monde’ and my on-sight of ‘Parana” 8a/8a+ at Cala Gonone in Sardinia. And this year I also climbed ‘Diabloluna’ 8c fourth try and re-repeated ‘The last way’ 8c/8c+ at Erto after the famous hold broke off”.

Bye for now. Canon

Photo: Luca climbing to victory in Malè Climbing 2001

  Luca Zardini frees "The Big Mother" 8c+/9a at Erto (04/08/2000) 
  'The last way' at Erto freed by Luca Giupponi (05/04/2001)





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