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Could This Be Another 5.15d? Pro Climber Gives the Story

Stefano Ghisolfi walks us through an overhanging project in Arco, Italy

Stefano Ghisolfi is projecting an unclimbed sport route that’s been dubbed Excalibur. In this video, he gives the backstory, interviews the bolters Cristian Dorigatti and Morris Fontanari, and shows us the crux holds.

The climb has less than 20 moves and follows a series of micro edges and monos. Other top climbers, like Adam Ondra and Jacob Schubert, have also tried it.

Ghisolfi recently made the first ascent of L’Arenauta at Grotta dell’Arenauta in Italy,  one of only a few suggested 5.15b routes in the country.

His hardest routes to date: Lapsus 5.15b, First Round First Minute 5.15b, One Slap 5.15b, La Capella 5.15b, Perfecto Mundo 5.15c, Stoking the Fire 5.15b, Change 5.15c, Erebor 5.15b, Bibliographie 5.15c, The Lonely Planet 5.15b and L’Arenauta 5.15b. In 2021, he famously downgraded Alex Megos’s Bibliographie from 5.15d to 5.15c, which Megos agreed with.

Excalibur Project