Chris Sharma Climbs Possible 9b

posted by dpm on 12/19/2009

Chris Sharma Climbs Possible New 9b

Photo of Chris on Neanderthal courtesy of

First seen as a project in Dosage 5, Neanderthal (9b unconfirmed) saw its first ascent by Chris Sharma after months of work. Next up for Chris is his project in Margalef, First Round, First Minute....could we see a possible ascent before the New Year?

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With winter setting into Santa Linya, it was only a matter of time before another Sharma project would go down. A sunny winter's day filled with psyche from friends helped Chris fight and pull through the steepest part of the Santa Linya cave to clip the chains of his newest 9b, Neanderthal.  The route, first featured in Dosage 5, ascends the belly of the cave beginning with sustained 9a climbing to a 2 finger pocket followed by an all out dyno.  The dyno (which he failed to link in Dosage 5) is followed by several powerful boulder problems, and no rests. Congrats Chris!

Photo of Chris on First Round, First Minute courtesy of BigUp Productions