Bolted Crack Sent on Gear at 5.14bR, Bolts Re­main

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Bar­bara Zangerl and her part­ner Ja­capo Larcher made the first free as­cent of an old bolted project called Gondo Crack in Switzer­land. Both climbers freed the 15- year-old project first bolted by Alle­san­dro Manini. Af­ter their sends, Larcher said, “As its name says, it fol­lows an ob­vi­ous crack which you can also pro­tect with trad gear. Maybe it’s not as safe as with bolts, but for us it made more sense to climb it in this way. We called it 8c (or 5.14bR). The bolts are ob­vi­ously still there, so you can choose the rules of the game you want to play. You should go and check it out: it’s re­ally cool.” It was Zangerl’s first send of the grade while plac­ing gear.

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