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Gabriele Moroni Finishes Three-Year Project—Goldrake (5.15a)

Gabriele Moroni, of Italy, became the second person to send Goldrake after projecting the route for three years.

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The Italian climber Gabriele Moroni has sent Goldrake (5.15a) at Cornalba, Italy, becoming just the second person to complete the route.

Moroni on Classified. Photo from Moroni's Facebook

According to Planet Mountain, Moroni fell seven times on the final moves of the route in 2012 before weather and illness won out.

On October 21 he had posted on his Facebook, “Someone motivated to climb for the next few days at Cornalba? After two years I came back wanting to put my hands on a certain project …”

He cleaned the route last Friday and finally sent it this morning.

Goldrake is Moroni’s second 5.15a after ticking Classified in Frankenjura, Germany, in September of 2013. However, on 8a.nu he said Classified is more like 5.14d/15a.

The 27-year-old climber adds Goldrake to his 164 sends graded 5.14a and harder.

Adam Ondra was the first person to complete Goldrake in 2010 at age 17. Cornalba is located just north of Bergamo in northern Italy. Planet Mountain describes the crag as “slightly overhanging face climbing, with routes that are technical and complicated.”

Watch Adam Ondra on Goldrake

Adam Ondra – “I think it’s possible”from Alberto Malinvernion Vimeo.