|After his false start in the Difficulty World Cup two weeks ago, Patxi Usobiaga set the record straight by making a series of hard on-sights in Italy. On 28 April the Spaniard on-sighted La Dita del Guerriero 8b+ at Covolo, while three days later he climbed the steeply overhanging Jurassic at nearby Erto. Same grade, same style. |
Different grade, different style. On 23 April Austrian Kilian Fischhuber, current leader of the Bouldering WC, flashed Tai chi at the Lorünser Steinwand, Austria. Originally graded 8b+ by first ascentionist Beat Kammerlander, the intense 8m route was subsequently upgraded by Bernd Zangerl after a hold broke. Gerhard Hörhager and Fred Nicole have both redpointed the route since the hold broke and this could well be the worlds first 8c flash.
With a rapidly increasing number of climbers contending for the dream 8c on-sight, surely fame and glory is just around the corner