Raboutou test piece Child of Hell (8C) is very popular

Shawn Raboutou is known for his flair for delicate body positions and complex lines. His 8C line Child of Hell places high demands on pedaling technique and, with its unique style, attracts the world's best boulderers to the Gotthard Pass. In August, Clément Lechaptois and Kim Marschner secured an inspection, and a few days ago the 19-year-old Italian Francesco Berardino followed suit.

When the temperatures rise, the climbers climb to higher climes with them. The Gotthard Pass has long since blossomed into a popular summer bouldering area due to its variety and quality of rock. As far as the problems in the high-end area are concerned, the Raboutou test piece currently seems to be the case Child of Hell (8C) to be in high demand.

The strong Italian recently announced Francesco Berardino a successful visit. Before the 19-year-old it was Kim Marschner, which succeeded in repeating the Kingline at the end of August. The German had already tried Child of Hell in 2022, but had failed at the crux at the time.

For me, the key point is switching feet on a nasty friction step while clinging to a bar. It looks like my footwork has improved over the last year.

Kim Marschner

Also this summer and only a few days before Marschner could Clément Lechaptois top the boulder. The strong Frenchman describes the line as very technical, especially in terms of pedaling technique.

"Another rather unique problem on the Gotthard."

Clément Lechaptois

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