Alex Megos visited some of Switzerland’s top bolt-clipping areas this summer: Voralpsee, Tüfleten and Val Bavona.
He spent over a week climbing some of the most classic lines, which included three 5.14ds and seven other 5.14s.
YES!!! Day 4 of the @redbullswitzerland trip is over and it's been one of the most successful days so far! I heard about the route "Im Reich des Shogun" already many years ago. It seemed like a myth to me. Nobody knew nicht about it, the first ascender apparently worked on the route over a period of 13 years. All I knew about it was the famous cross over move from an undercling which I've seen on a picture once. And here I am. Despite rainy weather I did the 3rd repeat today in my 3rd try! One of the coolest routes I've ever climbed! Thanks Eric for being there today and giving me beta! @redbullgermany @patagonia_climb @dmm_wales @tenayaclimbing @sterlingrope @entreprisesclimbing @cafekraft_nuernberg @vertical.life.climbing @frictionlabs @multicamper_adventure Pic: Thomas 'Balli' Ballenberger
Of the many climbs he ticks during his historic trip, Megos climbed Beat Kammerlander’s Speed 5.14c, put up in 1995. He also climbed the 5.14d extension.
Megos also made a rare ascent of Coup de Grace. The route was first climbed over a decade ago by Dave Graham, who suggested 5.15a. Gabrielle Moroni made the second ascent and downgraded it to 5.14d.
Megos, 24, is German climber who is one of the leading sport and competition climbers in the world. He has many hard routes to his name, including Fightclub 5.15b (Canada’s first 5.15), First Round First Minute 5.15b (Third Ascent, first by Chris Sharma) and Supernova 5.15a/b (First Ascent).