F.A. Chris Sharma 2009/12/18, after about two years of work (few tries in the last year).

(photo by Big Up)

50 meters long, the route climbs the whole cave and tops it out.

The beginning of the route is a 20 meter curve of 7b+ climbing up to a no hands rest.
After the no hands rest there is a "sustained 9a to a 2 finger pocket, followed by an all out dyno" (a "jump" to a sloper), then some hard sections with rests and a final part in a roof.

(photo by Big Up)

The crux, where Chris felt down more than 20 times, is the big dyno (8a bloc) after the 9a: before the jump just some holds to shake, then a big rest and an 8a+/b route.

Audio description of the route directly from Chris, with photos from Pete O'Donovan.

(photo by Joe Kinder)

Neanderthal is the third 9b (sport)climbed by Chris Sharma, the others were:
- Jumbo Love
- Golpe de Estado

Tomas Mrazek working the route:

Photo by Joe Kinder
The route was bolted by Chris Sharma more than 2 years ago.


The new direct start remains for the future.

Photo by Joe Kinder

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- kairn (french)
- up (italiano)

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