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This Olympic Medalist Just Climbed Another 5.15

Jakob Schubert has made quick work and the fourth ascent of Erebor in Italy

Austrian Jakob Schubert has climbed Erebor 5.15b at Eremo di San Paolo, Italy. Schubert, 31, needed only four days to piece together Erebor, and still sent after a foot hold broke near the top sending him into a big whipper.

The first ascent was by Stefano Ghisolfi at 5.15b/c and repeated by Laura Rogora. Ghisolfi wrote of Erebor: “In my opinion I never climbed in Italy something as hard as this route, but I still think it doesn’t reach the full 9b+ [5.15c] comparing it to Change or Perfecto Mundo. Therefore my grade suggestion is 9b/+ [5.15b/c] that makes it the hardest route in Italy and my proudest first ascent, and I’m looking forward to someone coming and repeating it soon.”

The third ascent was by Adam Ondra, who said that he believes it’s a solid 5.15b: “I am aware that I might be criticized for downgrading a route that was recently climbed by a woman. The fact that Laura did Erebor is one of the most impressive feats in climbing ever, but my suggestion is just my honest opinion and not a way to put down her achievement. Not talking about the fact she can definitely climb harder than that.”

Since winning the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Schubert has been repeating a lot of hard climbs. Recently, he sent King Capella 5.15b, La Capella 5.15a, Furia de Jabali 5.15a, Jungle Speed 5.14+ flash, Es Pontas 5.15- and Alasha 5.15.

Laura Rogora on Erebor