Carlo Traversi actually bouldering hard, after all, he managed his first 8C + boulder this year, is a real all-rounder. Last year he succeeded in repeating „Meltdown“ (8c + Trad) for the first time. Now he was able to book a 9a + / 5.15a route as his first ascent with „Empath“. The route is on a new previously unnamed cliff near Kirkwood in California (USA). Old master Chris Sharma says: „pic man looks incredible!!! Congrats. Would love to come check it out someday“ „Empath 5.15a (First Ascent). It’s rare to find something that not only challenges you in a way that nothing else has but also happens to be the best piece of rock you’ve ever climbed on. Thanks to @jwebxl for tipping me off to this cliff more than 2 years ago and continuing to share your stoke and vision, to Dave Wetmore for being a motivated partner on the initial days of bolting and cleaning, and @marymeck @joshjlowlowy for the working belays and @dawoods89 for the send belay. More details and video to come. Photo by @marymeck@blackdiamond @fiveten_official @frictionlabs“

Photo: Mary Meck