France is an ideal playground for all outdoor sports enthusiasts. This summer, climbing enthusiasts have seen it in the Hautes-Alpes, after Alexander Megos climbed Bibliography. This exceptional line, now classified 9c, is close to the legendary 9a + Biography. It was inaugurated in 2001 by Chris Sharma.
En climbing, the ninth degree is the ultimate level of difficulty. 300 routes open around the world are classified 9a, 9a +, 9b, 9b + or 9c. Of these, only four are rated 9b +. And there are only two 9c lanes in the world. The first is Silence in Flatanger in Norway, climbed for the first time in September 2017 by the Czech Adam Ondra. The second is French. Bibliography is located in Ceüse, near Gap in the Hautes-Alpes. And this is the German climber Alexander Megos. who is the first to have climbed it.
Since 2017, Alexander has carried out multiple tests and many weeks of training on the spot. He finally successfully climbed this route that some considered inaccessible. During his first attempt at Ceüse on the dreaded limestone cliff Overhanging 36 meters, Alexander knew it was possible to climb it to its summit. Then the unsuccessful attempts followed, and doubt set in. There were injuries, uncertainties, then qualifying for the Olympic Games. It is finally almost 3 years after his first steps on this line, that Alexander, encouraged by his clan, realized the impossible ascent on August 5, 2020. This feat directly propelled him to the rank of second greatest climber in history, behind the undisputed champion Adam Ondra.
“The second day I fell 3 hits… I was ready to go home but Jenya convinced me to stay one more day and try one last time. I was there for my third day on the rock. I missed my last try even though I was feeling good. I just couldn't leave like this. So I decided to give it another try, which ended up being the right one! Climbing is really weird sometimes… ”
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Avant Bibliography, Alex had never tackled a route that he did not climb in a short time ... This sporty line on the magnificent Ceüse cliff, really gave the 27-year-old German a hard time. From this personal adventure was born a documentary of 17 minutes available recently on YouTube. The film traces the last moments and the final efforts of Alex on the cliff, before reaching the summit, his arms completely paralyzed by the intense effort.
Professional climber Adam Ondra is considered the best climber in history. He wrote part of climbing history when he climbed the spectacular Hanshelleren cave in Norway on September 3, 2017. It will then become the first route to receive the grade of 9C. She will be called Silence, and will remain until today the most difficult route in the world, until Alexander Megos opens the French way Bibliography.