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12/12/13 – Sangwon Son, a 31-year-old climber from Seoul, South Korea, has finished La Rambla (5.15a) in Siurana, Spain.
8a.nu reports that the climber spent two weeks working out the moves a year ago, and it took him about five weeks total to redpoint the route. His previously hardest route was Kinematrix (5.14d) at the Gorges du Loup in France.
While German Alexander Huber first climbed part of La Rambla in 1994, he skipped a hard topout, resulting in a 5.14c line. In 2003, Spanish climber Ramón Julián Puigblanque made the first ascent of the full line, attaching a 5.15a grade to it. Fellow Spaniards Edu Marín and Patxi Usobiaga have repeated the line, along with Chris Sharma, Adam Ondra, and several others. In March, German Alex Megos ticked La Rambla after only two attempts. Below is a video of Enzo Oddo’s ascent.
Date of ascent: December 2013