Jakob Schubert Grabs an Ascent of Papichulo (5.15a)

posted by dpm on 04/28/2011


Though mainly known for his World Cup prowess, Jakob Shubert continues to prove he can also pull on real rock by grabbing an ascent of Chris Sharma’s Papichulo in Oliana, Spain.  The route starts with a four-bolt 5.13d to a no-hands rest, followed by continuously difficult climbing to the anchors on a steep, striking blue limestone face.  The line sits adjacent to Sharma’s other Oliana test piece Pachamama.


Jakob Schubert at the World Cup.  Photo: Lukas Ennemoser 


Schubert has had an exceptional week on Spain’s limestone walls.  He was also able to onsight Aiztol (5.14b), and redpoint Via del Quim (5.14a).  He capped off his send-fest with the 6th ascent of Papichulo on his last try of the day before he had to leave Oliana.  On his 8a.nu scorecard Schubert commented about the send stating, “YEAAH! Huge relief, 50m... mentally very hard! Tried in December for 3 days, 2 days this year. 11 tries total! My last try, before leaving Oliana!”


-Anthony Lapomardo


Jakob Schubert at the Puurs World Cup.  Photo: Traveladdict.be