The German professional climber Alexander Megos succeeds in the first repetition of the 9b + route King Capella in Siurana, one of the most difficult routes in the world. He only vaguely commented on the level of difficulty.
At the beginning of the month, Alexander Megos drove with his girlfriend Ievgenia Kazbekova to Spain, more precisely to the climbing area siurana. The main goal of his trip was to walk the route King Cappella, set up by David Brasco and freely accessible for the first time by the Scot William Bosi Beginning of the year.
The red point ascent came faster than planned
Alex Megos took a look at the King Capella route in March, right after William Bosi cleared the route.
After just nine days, however, the planning phase was history and the free inspection was a reality for Alex. The finger-heavy and explosive route required Alex Megos a lot, he made several bad cuts, but scored the line relatively quickly.
9b +, 9b / + or 9b?
While Alex, like most other climbers, usually specifies the level of difficulty when climbing a route, the German keeps a low profile in this case. Alex suggests that he had an easier solution than William Bosi for one job.
He is curious what future repeaters will say. Alex Megos' statements suggest that he does not classify the route as 9b + or at least not as a difficult 9b +.
The situation is reminiscent of the story surrounding the route Bibliographywho Alex Megos was the first to climb freely and rated with 9c. Successful a year later Stefano Ghisolfi, with another beta, the repetition and he devalued the tour to 9b +. Even Sean bailey, who made the second repetition a little later, rated the bibliography as 9b +. Alexander Megos didn't seem to have found the optimal beta on his first ascent and so William Bosi could join King Cappella now meet the same fate.
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Credits: Cover picture Esteban Lahoz