Hugo Parmentier has made the second ascent of Adam Ondra’s Eagle-4 5.15b in St-Léger du Ventoux after a few months of making regular attempts. He’d previously climbed two 5.14ds and one 5.15a.
“The battle came to an end,” he told Fanatic Climbing. “Five trips, 23 days over months. An incredible sequence through mini tufas with two hard boulder problems in a row… I would say it’s two boulder sections with two goods holds between for resting. It’s more or less a V13 boulder into a V12. Around 18 hard moves.”
It became the third 5.15b in France, after Akira and C.R.S. It was Ondra’s 22nd 5.15b or hard. He said: “Interesting process of working this route. I got really close on my second day of trying, when only foothold break stopped me from sending. Then, I tried maybe five days more, but it was never completely dry. Today, it was dry, I felt strong, made through the hard part and fell five metres from the anchor from totally easy terrain. Luckily, I could do it even second time in the late afternoon.”