David Lama, a 15-year-old Austrian, has onsighted or flashed four 5.14 routes in Spain, including a flash of El Koala (5.14b) at Santa Linya, according to www.8a.nu. In late December, Lama onsighted three 5.14a routes at Spain’s Montsant and Siurana areas. The young Austrian also repeated an unnamed 5.14c at Santa Linya on his second try but suggested it might be 5.14b. If the grade holds, this would be Lama’s fourth 5.14c route of 2005, including a redpoint of Livin’ Astro at Rumney, New Hampshire, in October.
8a.nu also reports that Magnus Midtbo, a 17-year-old Norwegian, flashed three 5.14a routes at Siurana, Spain, in December. Midtbo was the Youth World Champion in his age class in 2005 and finished seventh at the final World Cup of the year, in Slovenia.Comment on this story