Reaching The Chains | The Italian Climbing Files, Ep. 4
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Photographer Adam Butterworth
APR 8th 2015
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Reaching The Chains | The Italian Climbing Files, Ep. 4

Stefano Ghisolfi, just about to clip the chains on one of the Red River Gorge's most famous routes, 'Pure Imagination' (8c+/5.14c). The route was originally given the grade of 9a/5.14d and when Sasha Digiulian redpointed the route in 2011, she was hailed as the third woman ever to climb the grade. Unfortunately Adam Ondra came along a short time later, onsighted the line and promptly decided that it was only 8c+/5.14c. Claiming the route as 9a would have made Adam the first climber in history to onsight the grade and his honesty in downgrading the route is to be commended. Luckily the story has a happy ending for both Adam and Sasha. Sasha went on to climb 'Era Vella' (9a/5.14d) the following year while at the time of writing, Adam has three 9a onsights to his name.

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