Sharma’s first ascent of El Bon Combat outside Barcelona, Spain


As one of the most well-known — and well-respected — athletes in the climbing community, Chris Sharma has nothing left to prove. But as is often the case with individuals dedicated to their truest passion, the hits just keep coming.

His latest accomplishment? A spectacular first ascent of El Bon Combat outside Barcelona, Spain. Climbing grades are confusing even for climbers, but if confirmed at 9b/+ (5.15 b/c) it’s among the most technically challenging routes in the world.

And judging from Sharma’s screams and grunts — women tennis players have got nothing on this guy — it was quite a struggle. Watch the video below to see Sharma nail the route while he talks us through the moves that made it possible.


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