posted by dpm on 04/29/2013
Alex Megos has claimed the first ascent of a 9a+/5.15a project in Germany's Frankenjura. The project was bolted by Christian Bindhammer ten years ago and attempted by both Bindhammer and Frankenjura legend Markus Bock who has done just about every other hard route in the region.
The 20-meter route is located on the Holzgauerhaus wall and starts on the established route Des Mos (5.14a) before tackling a direct variation finish that google-translate humorously describes as having "small handles straight through significantly steeper terrain." Megos tried the project last year then returned this year and worked it one day, giving it a brief effort. He succeeded the following day, first try after his warm up. The new route, Classified, marks Alex's first first ascent and is likely not his last. Hesitant to grade the route, he deferred to the opinion of Bindhammer and Bock who have suggested 5.15a.
This ascent comes just one month after Alex's historic onsight ascent of Estado Critico, the world's first 9a/5.14d onsight. Read about that here.
Alex Megos on the world's first 8c/5.14b, Wallstreet at the Frankenjura. Photo: Jorgos Megos/Frankenjura.com