On Wednesday, 24-year-old climber Alex Megos became only the third person to ascend climbing’s elite 5.15c grade. In sending the “Perfecto Mundo” route in Margalef, Catalonia, Spain, the German climber Megos also becomes the first person to cleanly climb that specific route without falling.
I'm incredibly relieved. This has been an important process in my climbing career and clipping the anchor of "Perfecto Mundo", my first 9b+ as well as getting the FA was an incredible experience. Thank you to @chris_sharma for bolting this thing and the good sessions over the last couple of weeks and big thanks to my good friend @steghiso for belaying me on the send, for being a big source of motivation and a great inspiration to me. And last but not least thank you @ken_etzel for being up there every day with me and capturing all this. @patagonia_climb @patagoniaeurope @patagonia @redbullgermany @goretexeu @tenayaclimbing @sterlingrope @dmm_wales @entreprisesclimbing @cafekraft_nuernberg @frictionlabs @fazabrushes @multicamper_adventure #stylefirst #carrotsforpower
The only two previous successful 5.15c climbs were by Adam Ondra and Chris Sharma, who both sent La Dura Dura in Oliana, Spain during 2013. For five years, nobody else had managed to climb at that grade. Sharma was on hand for the historic climb by Megos, as he held the rope for him during his ascent.
Megos has long been working towards a feat like this. He has made first ascents of a 5.15b and multiple 5.15a climbs. He’s also well-known for his ability of sending routes graded 5.14d on his first try, without prior practice.
“Perfecto Mundo” is an extremely taxing route. As Rock And Ice Magazine described it, “‘Perfecto Mundo’ snakes up the belly of a 45-degree wall and is about 30 meters long. An easy first three bolts lead to what Megos described as ’50 moves of non-stop climbing.'”
Megos spent the past several weeks projecting the route with Sharma and fellow climber Stefano Ghisolfi. As Megos said in his Instagram post, “I’m incredibly relieved.”
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