The French top climber Sébastien Bouin got himself shortly after the first ascent of the most difficult sport climbing route in France - La Rage d'Adam, 9b / + - an ascent of the most difficult multi-pitch route: Hosanna (8c, 5SL).

About 40 has routes in the ninth degree of French Seb Bouin already in his account. Reason enough to face a challenge of a special kind. Seb set himself the goal of first tackling the heaviest French sports climbing route within a week and repeating the heaviest multi-pitcher tour. The project he called Rock Combined Challenge. After a few days ago the first goal with the commission of La Rage d'Adam reached (LACRUX reported), he took the multi - pitch route Hosanna, also in the Verdon, in attack.

“Everything went perfectly and I didn't fall today. It's rare, ”jokes the Frenchman. “I was a little nervous before the first pitch (8b / +) and not yet properly warmed up. In the other lengths everything went very well. "

Seb Bouin at the first ascent of the multi-pitch route Hosanna in the Verdonschlucht. (Picture Julia Cassou)

Seb Climbed the first two pitches (8b / + and 8b) in one go to minimize time in the whole time. This was made possible by a perfect resting point by a tree between the two lengths. So it was not that he lined up the two lengths without a break.

“The fourth length is the key length and is heavily overhanging. It is amazing that this length can be climbed at all. There are big holes, little tufas. I didn't find the length much heavier than the previous lengths. "

Sébastien Bouin

Seb Bouin on the first ascent of La Rage d'Adam (9b / +)

The multi-pitch route Hosanna was first awarded by the Swiss Cédric Lachat

The first ascent of the route Hosanna got a familiar face: Cédric Lachat. On October 22, 2016, the top Swiss climber achieved the first ascent of the most difficult multi-pitch tour in France. “Hosanna is an absolute dream route, a crazy line. It's a shame that it's only 160 meters long, ”commented Cédric Lachat his first ascent three years ago. The route was established by the Frenchman Patrice Glairon Rappaz.

Video: Cédric Lachat on the commission of Hosanna

Hosanna from Bartas Productions on Vimeo.

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Credits: Julia Cassou