The almost 46-year-old Martin Keller climbs the most difficult boulder of his career, Gateway, in the 8C+ range.
Completely in Martin KellerThe process extended to the ascent of the boulder as well Gateway over several years and a total of 150 sessions. And as is often the case, his perseverance pays off. The Swiss boulderer succeeds with Gateway Dreamtime-Block the most difficult ascent of his life.
“First ascent” after breaking the grip
Cleaned the boulder Giuliano Cameroni, Gabriele Moroni and Lorenzo Puri, the line was first climbed by the American in March 2019 Jimmy Webb. At that time he stated the difficulty level for the boulder was 8B+. Martin keller A central hold broke off while trying to climb the boulder. The boulder became correspondingly more difficult, which prompted Keller to relocate the line to the 8C+ area.
Jimmy Webb on the first ascent of Gateway on the Dreamtime block in Cresciano
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Credits: Cover picture Vladek Zumr