The Black Hole: Raul Sauco Climbs Hard Chinese Trad

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This short film documents the journey of Spanish climber Raul Sauco, who came to China in 2014 and never left. Raul dedicated his time to learning the language, integrating himself into the local climbing scene, and ticking off hard routes, culminating in the first free ascent of the 5.13 trad line The Black Hole in Liming.

To learn more about rock climbing in China, check out a feature in the April issue of Climbing Magazine, available now. Subscribe to Climbing: Print, Digital.