Alex Megos has climbed another 5.14d in a matter of tries, sending Markus Bock's 2007 testpiece, Matador
, in Germany's Frakenjura in two hours according to Frankenjura.com.
This ascent comes fresh on the heels of Megos' landmark two-hour take-down of Action Directe
, which is the quickest anyone has ever climbed the route now widely considered the world's first 5.14d.
Rock and Ice
contacted the German phenom to hear about his historic ascent of Action Directe
RI: How did you like Action Directe?
The route itself is definitely one of the best ones I climbed! Very unique Frankenjura-style with a lot of pockets, the famous jump at the beginning and about 15 homogenous hard moves afterwards with a top-out where you are standing on top of the rock when clipping the anchor.
RI: Did the route live up to its reputation?
It definitely lives up to its reputation! It deserves to be the worlds first and nowadays, benchmark 9a (5.14d).
RI: What's next?
I have many future plans. But on top of the list (as always) is the never-ending goal to become stronger.
RI: Any specific routes in mind?
I don't have any special route on my mind, but I have a couple of trips I want to do. It would be great to go back to Rocklands, South Aftrica, in the summer and to Kalymnos, Greece, in autumn. And also in the next couple of months I will do some smaller trips to closer areas in France and Switzerland.