Dylan Chuat's ring ligament injury seems to have healed. The Swiss climber recently subjected his fingers to a real endurance test and, among other things, repeated the Wolfgang Güllich classic Action Directe (9a) in the Franconian Jura.
The Swiss climber Dylan Chuat returns from the Frankenjura return. Even if it rained a lot in the first week and the indoor training erased a lot of skin, his inspections in the following days are impressive:
- Direct action (9a)
- Powerplay (8c)
- Ronin (8b+/8c) session
- Centrifuge (8b+) second go
- Boiling point (8b) session
- Slimline (8a+) flash
- Panic room (8a) flash
Video: Dylan Chuat climbs Action Directe (9a)
Action Directe: First hard route since injury
"I traveled to the Franconian Jura with the idea of trying Wolfgang Güllich's historic route while waiting for my injured finger to fully recover," says Dylan Chuat. Even if the one-finger holes in Action Directe have scared some climbers, Dylan's strategy seems to have paid off: the route is conquered and the ring ligaments are holding.
But it wasn't that easy, especially since it had rained almost non-stop since they arrived in the Franconian Jura. Despite the wet and rather suboptimal conditions, the Romand started to work on the line and was able to climb it on his sixth attempt. "I was very surprised that it went so quickly, considering the special style and the conditions."
In addition to Action Directe, Dylan Chuat also managed Powerplay, among other things. The 22-year-old describes the very physical 8c route in the Zwergenschloss sector as "a good mix of technique and physical exertion on really nice holds - a classic."
The successes in the Franconian Jura seem to have inspired the Romand in its healing process. He can't wait to tackle new projects once his finger has fully recovered. "It's still very complicated at the moment, but I can hold more and more handles."
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Credits: Cover picture Timothee Pahud