Spanish ace Edu Marin stepped up to the plate on Chilam Balam (5.15b), Villanueva del Rosario, Spain, and sent the 260-foot behemoth—just a few days after his fellow Spaniard, Dani Andrada. Marin had been working on the route with Andrada since early May, according to his blog.
“How nice it is to dream—but even nicer is making dreams a reality! Today I managed to do the incredible and beautiful Chilam Balam,” Marin wrote on Instagram. “It's been a physical and psychological struggle that I had to give the best of myself.”
Marin's is the fifth ascent of Chilam Balam since it was first equipped by Bernabé Fernández in 2003. Adam Ondra pulled off the first confirmed ascent in 2011, followed by Séb Bouin and Dani Andrada, both this year.
Marin won the Lead World Cup in Chamonix in 2006, 8a.nu reports. He has also climbed many of Spain's hard, classic routes, including La Reina Mora (5.14c/d) and Era Vella (5.14d).
In an earlier interview with Rock and Ice, Joe Kinder called Villanueva del Rosario, “in vogue right now.” With countless routes reaching well over 5.14a and numerous 5.15 projects, Villanueva is practically breeding hard climbers—keep your eyes on the up-and-coming area.
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