Adam Ondra has made the first ascent of Queen Line in Arco, the area’s first 5.15b. The route was bolted by Mauro Mabboni and Ondra first attempted it a few years ago.
After the send, Ondra wrote on Instagram, “For the grade, I am pretty sure that it is rather on the upper end of the 9b [5.15b] grade. Small holds, big moves, hard drop knees. My style. Direct finish to be finished yet. To get the icing on the cake, I finished the day by sending Stefano Ghisolfi’s Ultimatum 9a+ [5.15a].”
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The climbing site 8a.nu noted, “In total, Adam has now done 17 routes 9b [5.15b] or harder which can be compared with the runner up, Chris Sharma, who has done eight. Then there are three guys who have done two: Stefano Ghisolfi, Jakob Schubert and Alex Megos.”