Stefano Ghisolfi climbs his long-term project Excalibur in Arco. The route, rated 9b+, is not only the hardest first ascent of the Italian climbing professional to date, but also the most difficult sport climbing route in Italy.
The potential 9c route Excalibur has been attracting the best climbers in the world to Arco for a year. Adam Ondra also followed the call of the heavily overhanging route with her micro holds. Now the strong Czech surprisingly gives up and says: Game over, I'm out.
With Stefano Ghisolfi, Adam Ondra and Jakob Schubert, three of the world's best climbers joined forces in spring 2022 to wring an ascent of the potential 9c line Excalibur - without success. Will Bosi has been staying in Arco for a short time. After just one day, the strong Scot was able to do all 18 moves and climb the route in three stages.
2021 was one of the best years for Italian climbing pro Stefano Ghisolfi. He not only won the overall World Cup in lead climbing, but crowned his season with the first repeat of Bibliography, which was only the second 9c worldwide at the time.