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Cédric Lachat climbing La Rambla 9a+ at Siurana in Spain
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Cédric Lachat climbing La Rambla 9a+ at Siurana in Spain
Photo by Cédric Lachat
Cédric Lachat climbing La Rambla 9a+ at Siurana in Spain
Photo by Cédric Lachat

Cédric Lachat redpoints La Rambla at Siurana

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Swiss climber Cédric Lachat has repeated La Rambla, the benchmark 9a+ sport climb at Siurana in Spain

Cédric Lachat has added his name to the list of those who have repeated La Rambla at Siurana, long considered the hardest climb in Spain and without a shadow of doubt one of the handful of routes that have captured the imagination of the world’s strongest.

First ascended by Alexander Huber in 1994 to the pocket at about 3/4 height, then extended to the top by Ramón Julián Puigblanque in 2003, this benchmark 9a+ had been attempted by Lachat in the past on several occasions, but conditions were never quite right.

Thanks in part to a new crux sequence suggested to him by Dani Andrada, the 35-year-old Swissman has now redpointed his fifth 9a+ after Papichulo at Oliana (2011), Chaxi at Oliana (2013), La cène du lézard at Jansegg (2018) and Sweet neuf at Pierrot Beach.

Last summer Lachat spent his time not on single pitch sports climbs, but up in the Swiss mountains repeating hard alpine outings such as Zahir at Wenden, Fly in the Lauterbrunnental and Yeah Man in the Gastlosen massif.

Info: FB Cedric Lachat, KarposPetzlSCARPA, fanatic-climbing.com

TOPO: Siurana, Spain

La Rambla

First ascent: Alexander Huber, 1994
Extension: Ramón Julián Puigblanque 2003

2006 - Edu Marín Garcia, Spain
2006 - Chris Sharma, USA
2007 - Andreas Bindhammer, Germany
2007 - Patxi Usobiaga, Spain
2008 - Adam Ondra, Czech Republic, aged 15
2011 - Enzo Oddo, France
2013 - Sachi Amma, Japan
2013 - Felix Neumärker, Germany
2013 - Sangwon Son, South Korea
2013 - Alexander Megos, Germany, second attempt
2014 - Daniel Jung, Germany
2015 - Jonathan Siegrist, USA
2017 - Matty Hong, USA
2017 - Margo Hayes, USA, first female 9a+
2017 - Stefano Ghisolfi, Italy
2017 - Jacopo Larcher, Italy
2017 - Klemen Bečan, Slovenia
2017 - Sébastian Bouin, France
2018 - Tomás Ravanal, Chile
2018 - Jon Cardwell, USA
2019 - Piotr Schab, Poland
2019 - Dave Graham, USA
2019 - Gonzalo Larrocha, Spain
2019 - Cédric Lachat, Switzerland

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