by Mick Ryan Action Direct The late Wolfgang Gullich was truly a visionary climber. Repeats of his route, Action Direct, the world´s first 9a sport route, are still newsworthy 15 years after Gullich´s first ascent and still have not reached double figures. The latest victory was by the Austrian Kilian Fischhuber who in an interview at about his ascent gave aspirant ascensionists the following beta when asked „Which skills are more important on Action Direct?“ Answer: “ Sticking pockets, being able to jump, power-endurance and mental strength!“ On the Action Direct podium so far are: 1 Wolfgang Gullich (1991) 2 Alexander Adler (1995) 3 Iker Pou (2000) 4 Dave Graham (2001) 5 Christian Bindhammer (2003) 6 Richard Simpson (13/10/2005) 7 Dai Koyamada (15/10/2005) 8 Markus Bock (22/10/2005)9 Kilian Fischhuber (26/09/2006)