posted by dpm on 05/13/2013
Alex Megos has claimed the third ascent of Corona (5.15a) on his home turf of Germany's Frankenjura. The route was established by Markus Bock in 2006 and repeated by Adam Ondra in 2009. This is Alex's third 5.15a after his 2nd try ascent of La Rambla and his first ascent of Classified.
Corona has been considered the hardest route in the Frankenjura, a massive climbing area with twelve 5.14d's and now three 5.15a's since Megos recently added his own Classified (5.15a) to the lineup. Corona consists of a short section of 5.11d that leads to a six move V13 boulder problem followed by a 5.13d section. As with most hard Frankenjura routes, it climbs a steep overhang on shallow pockets. The route took Alex about ten tries total including a quick recon a year and a half ago, then two days this time with a rest day in between, which is similar to Alex's performance on Classified. If number of tries is a good gauge of difficulty, then Classified and Corona are both contenders for the hardest routes in the Frankenjura region.