Pirmin Bertle has climbed his second 5.15b with his first ascent of La Barriere at Jansegg, Switzerland.
The hard route is a link-up of four other lines with a big traverse. He’s been establishing hard routes at the crag for the past few seasons.
Bertle has climbed 15 5.14d’s, four 5.15a’s and two 5.15b’s, according to 8a.nu. Five of the 5.1d’s were first ascent.
In the 8a.nu combined ranking, Bertle is second behind Adam Ondra, who suggested a downgrade of Bertle’s first 5.15b.
“I scared the chamois below already before when I screamed out load three times unwillingly after having done the second boulder,” Bertle wrote on his blog about the route.
“Now as I prepare the jump, peeling myself out the hook, onto the two minuscule foot holds, crimping both the two finger pocket right and the open pinch left in order to fly closer to the wall, and as I fly and as I hold and than control.”
Watch Bertle climbing at Jansegg below.