The German professional climber Alexander Megos succeeds in the flash ascent of the 9a route Intermezzo XY solved at Plombergstein.
During a short trip to the climbing area Plombergstein near Salzburg, Austria, Megos did the first 9a flash ascent of his career. In good German: he climbed the route Intermezzo XY solved in the very first attempt, without having previously bouldered the route, but based on information about the route.
It seems like a bit of a breakout after post-Olympic frustration. After the Olympic Games, Alexander Megos was critical of the occasion and is happy that he can climb rock again.
The time spent on the rock not only seems to be good for his mind, but also to fill his ticklist properly. In the current month he climbed difficult routes again and again, including one Gondor (8c) Passport to honesty (8c) Mordor (8c + / 9a), Fanatic baby (8c) and now just solved Intermezzo XY (9a) flash.
First 9a Flash inspection - a question of evaluation
Almost a year ago Alex Megos climbed a 9a route flash with Underground at Arco. But the route was not always rated 9a, but originally 8c + / 9a. Megos himself said after the inspection that the route was probably 8c + / 9a. As a result, he only gives the current ascent the title 9a-Flash. Interesting detail: Megos did not plan the flash ascent in advance, but rather spontaneously, as he told LACRUX.
Video: Alexander Megos solved during the flash inspection of Intermezzo XY
Video: Alexander Megos during the Flash inspection of Underground
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Credits: Cover picture Tobi Ebner