La Barrière

FA Grade:


First Ascent:
Pirmin Bertle - August 26, 2018
Sport Route

Ascent 1 of La Barrière by Pirmin Bertle

Date of Ascent:

August 26, 2018

Suggested Grade:




The art of self handicapping – A log book of the hardest ascent in my life: La Barrière (9b) in Jansegg.
In short, to leave a “barrier 9b” up here, we both agree that it would be best to replace the 12 moves 8b/8b+ start on the right start by the 17 move 9a start on the left. Resulting in more or less this equation for La Barrière: 9a + bad rest + 9a = 9b


Pirmin Bertle ouvre La barrière, 9b à Jansegg – Pirmin Bertle opens La barrière, 9b in Jansegg
German climber Pirmin Bertle just claims a new 9b first ascent with “La barrière” in Jansegg, Switzerland (1800 meters high) with a good hangover! Primin also opened some hard routes there with “Des scènes bizzares dans la mine d’or” 9a+ (2015) followed this spring by “La scène du roi lézard” 9b (downgraded to 9a+ by Pirmin after that Cedric Lachat found a new sequence in the top crux). “La barrière” is a link and a new start combination of this one. Pirmin describes this new challenge like a 9a into another 9a linked by a poor rest. “La barrière” is for him his hardest sportclimb.