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Nacho Sánchez attempting the boulder problem Zarzafar 8B+ at Zarzalejo in Spain.
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Nacho Sánchez adds 8B+ boulder to Zarzalejo

11.12.2012 by Planetmountain

At the bouldering area Zarzalejo in Spain Nacho Sánchez has freed the problem Zarzafar 8B+.

In a country famed above all for its outstanding cliffs and, consequently, for the dense concentration of climbers who perform pure magic on sport climbs, the boulderer Nacho Sánchez stands out from the crowd. Not only because the 28-year-old always travels with a crashpad and toothbrush instead of a rope and harness, and not only because it was he who introduced the 8C bouldering grade to Spain (last year with his Entropía at Castillo de Bayuela) but also because he continues, unperturbed, to explore the numerous beautiful bouldering areas the country holds.

In fact, just a stone's throw from Madrid there is a splendid area called Zarzalejo and on Saturday evening, instead of enjoying the capital's movida, Sánchez freed a problem which in some respects represent the essence of bouldering: two dynos onto tiny crimps, followed by a powerful mantle. Disarming in its beauty and "simplicity", this problem is called Zarzafar, is graded 8B+ and Sánchez needed 8 days of work for the send.

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