Chris Sharma has been on a promotional tour of Asia for Evolv with girlfriend Daila Ojeda over the past few weeks. After visiting Japan and Korea they recently arrived in China to sample some of the sport climbing in the areas around Yangshuo.
Not surprisingly, Sharma made quick work of the hardest established routes in Yangshuo, onsighting 1 5.14b and 2 5.14a’s. He also repeated Michael Fuselier’s American Gangster (5.14b) without using the controversial chipped hold that may or may not have been drilled by Fuselier. According to Daila Ojeda’s blog, locals have encouraged a renaming of this route to French Gangster in reference to how the route was first “created”.
Wasting little time, Sharma has bolted two new projects as well. He already dispatched Spicy Noodles (5.14b) and a potential 5.14+/5.15 called (Plum Dumpling or Pump Dumpling) looms as a project.
It looks like Mike Call from Momentum Video Magazine is on location in China so it’s probably safe to bet that media of both Sharma and Ojeda’s exploits will surface at some point.
Check out the English version of Ojeda’s blog for more pictures of both her and Sharma climbing in Korea.