The Frenchman Nicolas Pelorson only gets the second repetition of the Boulder No Kpote Only (9a) and devalues it to 8c.
Nicolas Pelorson has certainly dedicated to the heavy blocks once again. For once even a line that originally counts as one of the most difficult in the world: No Kpote Only in Fontainebleau. The boulder was made by barefoot climbers in 2019 Charles Albert opened and was only the second 9a boulder in the world. The Finn opened the first 9a boulder Nalle Hukkataival 2016 with Burden of Dreams.
First devaluation by Ryohei Kameyama
The Japanese decoded only two months after Charles Albert's first ascent Ryohei Kameyama the moves of No Kpote Only and suggests that he would rather rate the line with 8c + / 9a. The compatriot of Charles goes one step further, Nico Pelorson, who only calls No Kpote Only a solid 8c.
The man of devaluations
It is not the first time that Nico has devalued a route or a boulder. About four months ago he scored the 9a route Megos Proof in Céüse. As the name suggests, the line was created by the German professional climber Alexander Megos. first entered and rated 9a.
Nicolas Pelorson downgraded Megos Proof to 8c + and says that the line is not a 9a compared to other routes in the area.
Nico Pelorson inspecting No Kpote Only
Charles Albert at the first ascent of No Kpote Only
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Credits: Cover picture by Hugo Parmentier