Stefano Ghisolfi is currently back in Flatanger after a short break from the Italian championships and was finally climb “The Change” (9b+) complete. He was able to score the first part in August. This part is graded with 9a + / b and about 25 meters long. For Stefano was it the second route in grade 9b+ after ‘Perfecto mundo‘ last year. “The Change” is probably the world’s first climbing route with difficulty level 9b + (French) or XII− (UIAA) and was first climbed on October 4th, 2012 by Adam Ondra. The approximately 50 meter long route was also set up by Adam Ondra in the “Hanshallaren” cave near Flatanger in Norway.
“The battle is over, unexpectedly soon, a mental and physical fight that took me more than one month and two trips to Flatanger, it ended today with a bloodbath lasted more than one hour of climbing to complete the 185 moves and 55m of Change, the very first 9b+ in the world, bolted and climbed only by @adam.ondra in 2012. I feel relieved, tired and happy, and I enjoyed everything it came with this amazing (and frustrating) journey. Thanks to Sara as always, to all the people who took part in this process, and to all the people who cheered me up today during the endless climb.”
Photo: (c) Sara Grippo