Chris Sharma First Round Update From Spain

The Big Up blog has a nice update on Chris Sharma’s efforts to free the First Round First Minute project in Margalef.  Apparently he is getting frustrated after falling at least 15 times from the last move.  Venga Chris!

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10 Responses to Chris Sharma First Round Update From Spain

  1. Mark January 9, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    Venga! Or as they say in France, allez! I don’t know what they say in America…

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  2. Karmavore January 9, 2010 at 11:32 pm #

    Whips out a 9b almost as an afterthought, yet denied for weeks/months on this thing. Anyone else catching a whiff of 15c?

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  3. tim January 10, 2010 at 1:51 am #

    i’m not sure about that. jumbo love took weeks of work as well, and neanderthal also received a fair share of working by sharma prior to its first ascent send.
    i have a feeling this will be another 15b. it’s still a young grade, and i don’t see there being a 15c until 15b is more established (although i’m not sure how many 15a’s there were before the first 15b, so that could be a weak argument). plus sharma seems pretty cautious about over-rating things.

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    • Karmavore January 11, 2010 at 5:49 am #

      Jumbo took a lot of work, but my sense is that Sharma is at a higher level now. Only time will tell.

      If the doubts around “Akira” are resolved (not sure if this is the case, especially as there has only been one ascent) then 15b was actually established five years BEFORE 15a!

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  4. tim January 10, 2010 at 1:52 am #

    pardon my redundancy at the end of that first paragraph.

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  5. Paul Campbell January 11, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    Actually credit should go out to Alexander Huber for the first 15a after Adam Ondra confirmed Open Air as 9a+

    Open Air was put up in 1996.

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  6. g January 14, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    ain’t other climbers on the route as well???

    what if one of does does it before the designated first ascender?

    we’ll see…
    😀

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  7. jim January 14, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    whats next for sharma after FRFM, does anyone know anything about some of his other projects?

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  8. Monster April 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    You have a mistake in the article, this route is in Margalef, Margalef is Catalonia, Catalonia is not Spain

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