Watch Seb Bouin on his new Beyond Integral 5.15b/c
He's one of the world's strongest sport climbers
French crusher Seb Bouin made the first ascent of Beyond Integral on the north face of Pic Saint-Loup in Southern France, his local crag, in fall 2020. The 27-year-old graded the 50-metre route 5.15b/c.
“I can’t count how many times I went on the upper section trying to find a sequence. That’s the FA privilege,” Bouin wrote on Instagram. “The moves are amazing and spectacular, jumps, drop knees, hills, tufas, crimps… all the ingredients for a perfect project.”
Bouin started climbing at age 12 with his mother and 15 years later, he has climbed over 40 routes between 5.14d to 5.15b/c. In 2019, Bouin made the first ascent of La Rage d’Adam in the Verdon Gorge in France, which he also graded 5.15b/c. That year, he also made the second ascent of Adam Ondra’s Move 5.15b/c in Flatanger, Norway, and the first ascent of Dream 5.15b in Brar, Albania.
“About the grade,” Bouin wrote of Beyond Integral. “It’s hard to have a clear mind and to pronounce [it] myself. I spent a lot of time finding the sequences. I think this route is on the same range as Move or La Rage d’Adam. That’s why I propose 9b/+ [5.15b/c]. Waiting for some climbers to try this piece.”
Bouin is currently projecting Bibliographie 5.15d and another hard project.