On March 7, Chris Sharma made the first ascent of El Bon Combat and has suggested 5.15b/c for the line.
The “King Line,” as Sharma described it, is located at Cova de Ocell, which is 40 minutes from Barcelona, Spain. El Bon Combat was equipped by his friend Martí Iglesias Galobart, and when Sharma first saw the line he said he was “drawn back to and reminded of what my life has been about for so long; the lines that grab our imagination and inspire us to take our game up a notch.”
Sharma started projecting the route in June, and in late February he announced on Facebook that he was in the “home stretch.”
“The last two days on the route I fell on the last moves,” posted Sharma on February 28. “It’s a dream route with some very technical, powerful moves that require a lot of coordination and muscle memory. With so many low percentage moves, everything has to be just right, you have to be amped but let it flow effortlessly. It could go down next try or next year.”
IMAGE: Chris Sharma on his new route El Bon Combat (5.15b/c). Photo by Ricardo Giancola via Facebook