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Sharma Calls on Ondra/Megos For Epic Spain Line

While Adam Ondra works on his Project Hard, what he says will be 5.15d in Norway, Chris Sharma has bolted another burly route.

Next to his El Bon Combat 5.15b/c in Cova De l’Ocell near Barcelona, Spain, he has bolted a “futuristic” line.

Chris Sharma working his new “epic” line in Spain. Still from below video.

In the video below, Patxi Usobiaga projects El Bon Combat while Sharma works on its “evil twin sister” linking micro crimps up the steep face.

“Adam [Ondra], Alex [Megos], you guys have to come try this thing,” Sharma says in the video below. “This is epic.”

While Ondra has far more sends above 5.15a, Sharma was instrumental in pushing the grades. He bolted La Dura Dura 5.15c and made the second ascent after Ondra.

He made the first ascent of Jumbo Love in 2008, America’s first 5.15b. Within a few years, he made the first ascents of Golpe de Estado 5.15b, Neanderthal 5.15b, First Round First Minute 5.15b, Fight or Flight 5.15b and Stoking the Fire 5.15b.

It seems the push is on to take sport climbing to the next grade of 5.15d. The last major grade breakthrough came in 2012 when Ondra made the first ascent of Change, the world’s first 5.15c.