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April 9 2010 6 09 /04 /April /2010 21:47


Photographer Fred Moix recently succeeded to add the obvious logical start to the mega-classic Joyeux Léon in La Balmaz, Switzerland. Joyeux Léon was established by Fred Nicole back in '92, and was considered at the time as the world's hardest traverse. This traverse is now considered as a well-established 8B boulder / 8B+ traverse and Pompon Léon, the new line, adds 11 movements to the classic problem, thus making the crux sequence much more spicy according to Fred (Moix) who propose it as an 8C in the old-school traverse grading and as an 8B+ in the nowadays boulder scale.

Source: Thomas Guérin - bouldering.info

Pic by Thomas Guérin - bouldering.info : Fred in the last move before the top-out.

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