Alexander Megos frees Frankenjura Classified 9a+
In Germany's Frankenjura Alexander Megos has made the first ascent of Classified 9a+.
Is this the start of a new era in the Frankenjura? After years of nigh total hegemony on behalf Markus Bock who during the last decade has almost singlehandedly freed all the testpieces in this beautiful Nürnberg area, finally something seems to be rustling under the forest leaves as a new 9a+ has now been added not by Bock but by young Alexander Megos.
The route in question is called Classified, is located at the Holzgauer Wand and was an old project attempted previously by both Bock and strongman Christian Bindhammer. Seeing Megos' astounding ability (he checked in with the world's first 9a onsight just a few weeks ago) it comes as no surprise that he unravelled Classified third go. What is surprising however is that this is his first new route in the Frankenjura and, above all, that at home he has skipped the 9a grade entirely. A quick glance at his "curriculum" below shows that there are plenty of pockets - some incredibly famous - that still need pulling... perhaps the time has come for a new era?
ALEXANDER MEGOS FRANKENJURA TICKLIST
05/05/2009 Drive by Shooting 10+/11- (8c), 3 go, (first 8c)
29/05/2009 Pain makes me feel stronger every day 11-/11 (8c+), 2 go, (first 8c+)
07/09/2009 Drecksteil 10 (8b), flash
25/04/2010 Wallstreet 11- (8c/8c+), 5 go
07/06/2011 Shangri-La 11-/11 (8c+), 7 go
10/08/2011 Raubritter 11- (8c), Flash
22/09/2011 Infinity 11-/11 (8c+), 2 go
01/11/2011 Planets collide 11-/11 (8c+), 3 go
01/05/2012 Roofwarrior 10+/11- (8c), Flash
02/06/2012 Masters of the Universe 11-/11 (8c+), 2 go
13/06/2012 Hattori Hanzo 11-/11 (8c+), 2 go,
26/04/2013 Classified 11+ (9a+), 3 go (first first ascent)