Three Climbers Just Sent 5.15 in Europe – Gripped Magazine

If you’ve been climbing long enough then you remember the days when entire years would go by without an ascent of a 5.15, but these days it seems they go down every few days. At St Léger, France. Luca Bana ticked Super Crackinette 5.15a after five sessions and 10 tries. The crux involves a big move to a mono pocket. It was first climbed in 2016 by Alex Megos and it’s been repeated around 10 times, including by Adam Ondra who flashed it.

In France, Belgium’s Sébastien Berthe climbed his third 5.15a with Beyond at Pic Saint Loup in 13 sessions. Last fall, Berthe and Siebe Vanhee made quick work of a famous 15-pitch 5.14 and suggested a downgrade – read about it here.

The biggest sport climbing story so far this year, however, might be that of Gabriele Moroni sending Erebor 5.15b in Arco. Moroni was a champion comp climber who first tried Erebor in 2022 before taking time to train for it. He said, “I trained a lot and since the beginning I felt really strong on the route and after a few sessions I already matched my old highpoint. It took me another handful of days for the send but I felt this season the route went pretty fast.”

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