August 26, 2018
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
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.