European Climbing Round-Up

It seems Rodellar in Spain is the current place to be if you´re doing hard sport (see Dani Andrada news from yesterday here). Kinga Ociepka (Pol) has just sent Geminis (8c) at the Gran Boveda sector in Rodellar, joining the small (but slowly growing) elite crowd of women who have climbed 8c. At only 20, Kinga is likely the youngest woman to climb this grade. Hardest multi-pitch in the world? The ever young Italian Maurizio Zanolla (aka Manolo) has just established a new 4 pitch super route on the Vette Feltrine in Italy. The first 3 pitches go at an impressive 7c, 7b+ and 8b with the fourth and final pitch going at 8c/9a!! The final crux pitch starts at around the 300m mark and is very technical, requiring excellent footwork and good finger power (the route´s angle is just off vertical). He´s not sure of the final´s pitch grade and awaits confirmation from second ascentionists… The route has been called Solo per vecchi guerrieri (´Only for old warriors´). Source: