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Illya Bakhmet-Smolenskyi Becomes Youngest to Send 5.14d

Illya Bakhmet-Smolenskyi has sent Chromosome X at Charmey and has become the youngest climber to send 5.14d.

Adam Ondra was 13 years, nine months and six days old when her first climbed 5.14d, Bakhmet-Smolenskyi was five days younger than Ondra. Ashima Shiraishi was nearly 14 when she ticked her first.

Bakhmet-Smolenskyi said his beta is much different that Permin Bertle who made the first ascent. The line he followed is much different than Bertle, who is much taller.

The climber’s site 8a.nu reported him saying, “My first try of the grade. Perfect route. My beta is totally different from Pirmins.”

“This trip was full of surprises,” Bakhmet-Smolenskyi is reported as saying on 8a.nu “I did not expect this crag to be so beautiful and diverse. I also did not expect the routes and even parts of the routes to be so different by types of climbing.

“Speaking of the route, it astonished me. Although I could do every move in the lower part, (using Pirmin’s beta), I couldn’t combine it. Quite the same situation happened with the upper part. One move I could not do. So that is the reason why I made a totally different beta.”

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