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Akira was the first-ever route proposed 9b (5.15b). Fred Rouhling did the first ascent in 1995, and it lay unrepeated until late 2020.
“I took the time with Lucien Martinez to repeat it during my Vintage Rock Tour step,” writes Seb Bouin. “Big roof, big moves, a lot of fun, what else? We are thinking this route closer to the 9a grade. Anyway, it was a big piece in the 90’s. Respect Fred!”