The French Sébastien Bouin succeeds in the first ascent of the most difficult route in France. At La Ramirole, Verdon, after several attempts he succeeds in the red point ascent of La Rage d'Adam, which he cautiously classifies as 9b / +.

As soon as the midsummer temperatures passed, it drew Seb Bouin back to the Verdon Gorge to finally draw a line under his long-term project La Rage d'Adam. The line at La Ramirole was set up by Antonin Rhodes and first tried by Seb four years ago.

“The route with its movements and its beauty is super impressive. At the beginning you climb over six exes in the 8c area until you reach the key point. Now there are ten damn heavy trains on small pincers and grips in super steep terrain. "

Seb Bouin on La Rage d'Adam (9b / +)

Those who have overcome the 8c section and the key point “only” have to climb 25 meters in the 8b area to win the red point ascent. That the route is damn hard shows the fact that Adam Ondra In the year 2015 could not even climb the key position.

“When I got to the key and studied the movements for 20 minutes, I still couldn't find a solution that was climbable. I tried a crazy Gaston solution, but it didn't work either. For me, the route was not climbable in the near future, so my conclusion. "

Adam Ondra on his attempt on the La Rage d'Adam route

Seb Bouin, on the other hand, did not give up and since then drove annually to the Verdon Gorge to work on the route. With success. Last Wednesday, 4. September 2019, he managed the first ascent of the hardest route in France, La Rage d'Adam (9b / +).

Seb Bouin planning La Rage d'Adam

In the assessment quarrels Seb Bouin. Adam, on the other hand, thinks the route has been fairly safe in the 9b / b + area or possibly even more difficult. It is Adam who in our interview series "Athletes Ask Athletes“Seb Bouin asked why he always rated his routes so hard. More on that in this article.

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