The Polish climber Darek Sokołowski sends the possibly hardest drytooling route in the world in the roof grotto “Tomorrow’s World”, in the Dolomites (Italy) with “Parallel World” (D16). He proposed the grade ‘D16’ for his first ascent.
The “Parallel World” is an extension of “War Without End” (D15 +) which Darek opened in December 2017 and has not been repeated yet. The route is over 60 meters long and 50 meters overhanging route. Darek himself needed 50 minutes for the successful ascent.
Darek is currently one of the best drytooling climbers. So he repeated “Je Ne Sais Quoi” (D14 +), “Oblivion” (D14) and “A Line Above The Sky” (D15-). The latter route route of Tom Ballard from the year 2016 was long regarded as a difficult Drytoolingkletterei the world.
So far, only for the also not yet repeated route “Storm Giant” in British Columbia (Canada) by the first ascenter Gord McArthur “D16” and the route “Oświecenie” in the Tatra Mountains created by Filip Babicz has been proposed. The first route is even 20 meters longer.
Photos: (c) Krystian Kostecki