Top 5 Most Legendary and Difficult Climbing Routes

Top 5 Most Legendary and Difficult Climbing Routes

Guest Post by Brandon Villatoro (Travel Experta’s Son)

Only a few have mastered, and most aspire.

5 Most Difficult Sport Climbing Routes in the World

Action Directe in Frankenjura, Germany

It is considered the world’s first 9a (5.14d). This route is famous for its style and history.

An incredibly dynamic route with one finger pockets. Interestingly enough,  not a very long route.

The campus board that we all know was invented by Wolfgang Gullich to train for this route. Who was also the first person to ascend the route.

Biographie Montagne de Céüse near Gap and Céüse, France

Biographie or Realization is recognized because it is the first 9a+ (5.15) ever.

When Chris Sharma first climbed this route in 2001 he never graded it but all the other people who climb this route after him say that it’s a 5.15. 

La Rambla, Spain

It is a 9a+ route located in Spain.

It is probably the most iconic 9a+.  All those seeking to climb their first 9a+ come to this route. It is also the first 9a+ ever climbed by a woman.

El Cap, The Nose, Yosemite, California

This is a popular route because it is basically where rock climbing started. It is 3000 feet and it is 31 pitches.

It was climbed in 1958 by Royal Robbins but not free climb (free climbing is when the route is climbed only with a rope and using the features of the rock not with other equipment).

The first free ascent of the nose was by Lynn Hill in 1993.

And Alex Honnold was the first to free solo The Nose.

Silence in Flatanger, Norway

It’s a recent route set by Adam Ondra.

It is the hardest route ever climbed and it is rated 9c (5.15d). It took Adam four years of training and trying the route for him to complete it.

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