Enzo Oddo: 14-Year-Old French Crusher


Zozo on Inga (9a), Gorges du Loup, France. Photo by Colette McInerney courtesy of Joekindkid.com

In early November 14-year-old French climber Enzo "Zozo" Oddo made a string of noteworthy ascents and added another 9a redpoint to his already impressive résumé.

To start things off Enzo redpointed La Proue Débridée (8c+ or 5.14c) first climbed by Tony Lamiche in la Roche de Rame in southeastern France. Next, moving north back to Fountainebleau he sent his first 8a boulder problems (De Vita Beata and Pagot) followed by his first 8b, a traverse named Katharsis (8b/8b+) which could possibly be the first repeat of this problem.

To cap it off his impressive vacation he sent the second ascent of Inga (9a or 5.14d), first climbed Daï Koyamada in 2002, at the Gorges du Loup's Deverse Sector. Inga begins with a 20 move 8a+/8b sit start traverse that links into an 8c called 7pm Chaud. He felt that this route was the same difficulty as the Abysse.

Sources: Philippe Maurel, nice-climb.com, bjornpohl.blogspot.com, joekindkid.com

Date of Ascents: November, 2009

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