|These Britons are crazy! In mid-September an 18 member team set off to Croatia to explore the deep water soloing possibilities in the famous Kornati Archipelago. |
The crew, including Steve McClure, Chris Sharma, Leo Houlding and Tim Emmett, established over 50 routes during the 12-day trip, which finished with McClure's grand finale: the first ascent of Ring of Fire, 8b+ on September 15. The 13m, hardest deep-water solo in the world, is located on the Holy Grail Wall, Mana Island and begins with a 7m traverse and ends with a crux 9 meters above the water.
McClure spent 2 days attempting the route before his successful free ascent, and the line was subsequently climbed by Chris Sharma, who had previously made the first ascent of an 8b nearby.
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