5.14d Redpoint for Italian Climber

1218/12 - Italian climber Jacopo Larcher has redpointed his second 5.14d with an ascent of Jungle Speed in the La Capella sector of Siurana, Spain.

The 23-year-old recently did a stint in the Red River Gorge, taking out some of the area's hardest climbs, including Southern Smoke Direct (5.14d) and Pure Imagination (5.14c). Now, he'll spend a month in Siurana, working on area testpieces. His ascent of Jungle Speed is likely the route's fourth, after Daniel Jung (first ascent), Pirmin Birtle, and Sasha Gerzha. The route is short and very bouldery.

Larcher began his climbing career with competitions, and is now moving more into the sport and alpinism realms.

Date of ascent: December 16, 2012

Source: 8a.nu



Previous Comments

Charlie Brown, to be more precise, I think Maarten was right in what he wrote except for putting "American" in front of shortsightedness. His comment was constructive for the rest. needless to say the headline has not changed. How about "Jacopo Larcher (ITA) climbs Jungle Speed 14d"?

npb - 01/07/2013 3:46:38

Maarten (and npb, by virtue of your reply): Your comment regarding "American shortsightedness" reflects your own shortsightedness. What do political boundaries have to do with an author's judgment, or climbing.com's judgment, concerning what to title an article? Are you genuinely concluding that shortsightedness is an American trait based on this tendency in climbing.com's News titles? "Good grief," says Charlie Brown. At best, you are yourself shortsighted in the assertion that this is American trait and and your comment only serves to exacerbate the problem of divisiveness in this world. A shame, really, when you could have put together something more thoughtful and constructive that might have made the author (and readers of your comment) reflect on how to better familiarize Climbing's readership with with unfamiliar names (those that are not American, in particular).

Charlie Brown - 01/02/2013 6:11:12

what Maarten said. The way you report news makes most people puke in their mouths...

npb - 12/24/2012 8:52:55

It's disgraceful how Climbing.com keeps neglecting to adress some of the best European climbers by their name. Melissa Le Nève received the same treatment. Jacopo and Melissa happen to be excellent climbers who should be treated with respect. Here are her comp results: 3rd place Boulder World Cup Milano 2011 5th place European Championship 2010 3rd place Boulder World Cup Eindhoven 2010 7th place World Ranking 2010 The American shortsightedness confirmed in 2 articles of less than 150 words. It's a shame. You lost a reader and it won't be the last.

Maarten - 12/21/2012 6:04:34