Andrea Chelleris and Halupca 1979 (9a)
Andrea Chelleris, a 14-year-old Italian skier and climber sent another 9a, this time he climbed Halupca 1979 (9a) in the big cave of Osp. Chelleris needed 9 tries to succeed in this really overhanging beast. Halupca 1979, situated at the heart of the Osp cave , was initially bolted by Klemen Bečan in 2007 and was first ascended by Matej Sova the following year.
The route presents initial section of power endurance start around 8a on OK holds followed directly with hard boulder for about 9 moves on tricky pinches, undercuts and extreme drop knees in full roof. After the crux you have a good rest still in full roof which is followed by endurance climbing on tufas and blobs till its anchor on around 20-25 meters of height. This is already 5th route in 9th grade for the young Andrea Chelleris. Here you can watch his uncut video of the hardest part of the route.
So, Italian boulderer Michael Piccolruaz impressively flashed both Baram Baram (8a) and Troja (8a). Giorgio Tomatis managed to clip the chains on his second attempt of Helikopter v omaki (8b), while Fench powerhouse Jules Marchaland pulled off an onsight of Troja (8a).
More to come!