Chris Sharma is a climbing
wunderkind. A few years ago when he was 16 he placed 3rd in a world cup climbing event. About two years ago he won the X-games bouldering event
and for the past couple of years he has been concentrating on bouldering, featuring
in the film rampage
Sharma gained world recognition when he became the first
american to climb the route Just do it. This route was the first 5.14c / f8c+
in America and was put up by a Frenchman. It was about 10 years before
an American climber would succeed on this climb.
A few days ago, on the 18th July, 2001 Sharma completed a route that
he has been working on for four years. It is an 18 meter extenstion
to the climb Biographie 5.14c / f8c+. The extension contains
more 5.14c / f8c+ moves and this brings the grade of the new climb
to at least 5.15a/f9a. As far as I know this is the first route confirmed as
5.15a in the world. It is probably the hardest climb in the world.