4 days for the first "easy 9b, hard 9a+" proposal in Italy (Sardegna).
Today Adam is writing on his 8a.nu page:
"So happy to have some really hard FA! Well, I am not sure about the grade. Definately my hardest yet, but probably not 9b, thus I go for 9a+/b. I have to try more routes from Chris to compare. Beautiful 35m line in very steep cave. It took me 4 days this year and 3 goes last year. Thanks to Matteo Marini for bolting and to whole Cagliari!"
(Are "slash grades" useful ?)
Adam has a very fast climbing style, "an alert mind that allows quick decision making".
For sure speedy is for him a key factor and, for his ascents, bigger value: You can be lucky one or even more times, but almost everytime ?
Ondra style on "Marina superstar" was super fast too.
It's funny ... also "Speed" (Voralpsee, 8c+) is one of the his most favourite routes !
During his stay in Sardegna, Adam managed 2 other 8c+ first ascent:
And he onsighted seven routes from 8a to 8b.
Compliments Adam !
Thank You for giving us such an inspiration, to climb our ... 3c+ too :-)
Maybe will You write Your own report about Your first 9a+/b here in Your Mag ?
Marina, in italian language, is a name and an adjective, both connected to the sea (sea = mare).
The sea is perfect for rest days in Sardegna ... :-)
Jokes apart, Sardegna is one of the best climbing destinations in the world, where You can enjoy sport and trad climbing, bouldering, deep water soloing, big walls.
(Cala Mariolu, one of the many sardinian places to explore)
Perfect climbing conditions are now (as Adam's ascent prooves), but in Sardegna You can climb in july and august too:
in august 2005 Caroline Ciavaldini climbed "Il vecchio e il mare", her first 8b on sight, at sea level.
Caroline was lucky to find the right wind/humidity, in any case, at an altitude from 650 to 1.000 meters, You can choose overhanging (Su Telargiu, lower Tana delle Tigri) and more vertical walls (Jerzu and Ulassai, Serra oseli, Genna Croce).
Of course Ceuse or Austrian crags are colder in summer, but they have much more rain too.