Jakob Schubert has started his year with an impressive flash of Catalan Witness the Fitnees V15 at Cova del ocell near Barcelona.
The route was first climbed by Chris Sharma and the few repeat climbers had’t downgraded it.
Schubert said after, “What a day! Since our flights are quite late we decided to stop at Cova del ocell before heading to the airport.
“I already thought this boulder would fit me very well (steep climbing on crimps) and I was right. With the perfect support from Jan Hojer and Marco Jubes I was able to flash it, thanks a lot buddies.
“This boulder has been called fb 8C [V15] in the past but as nice as a 8C flash sounds I can’t agree, guess it is more like low end 8B+ [V14].
Last year, Daniel Woods flashed Entlinge V15 at Murgtal, a problem first climbed by Fred Nicole.
In 2018 so far, Schubert has climbed a number of 5.14+ and 5.15 routes, including Catxasa 5.15a and Stoking the Fire 5.15b for the third ascent.
'Stoking the Fire' 🔥🤘🏿🔥🤘🏿🔥 Today was the day 🔝 3rd ascent after @chris_sharma and @adam.ondra , my third route in the 9b grade 💪 Once again I enjoyed to whole process of trying something hard a lot. It feels like I could have send this one much faster but this way I learned some more lessons again and an ascent always feels even better if it took a bit of a psychological battle as well 😄 Thanks to all my friends and the rest of the climbers that supported me so much during the past 10 days in Santa Linya! Climbing hard is just so much easier if you are surrounded by nice and motivated people and you are having a blast being outside climbing 🙌 I will write some infos and thoughts about the route on my @thecrag_worldwide profile soon (link in my bio) Photo: @shintaozawa • #ididit #sopsyched #whataday #santalinya #rockclimbing #9b