The send train continues! Jakob Schubert—only a few days behind Alex Megos—bags the third ascent of Thor’s Hammer (9a+/5.15a) in Norway’s Flatanger Cave.
“[Sixty meters] of super steep climbing with some big rests took quite some energy, and after struggling with some wet holds, I’m very excited I could top out this majestic line,” Schubert posted on Instagram.
Thor’s Hammer is an endurance test-piece that links the first two pitches of a Magnus Midtbø project (the upper pitch has yet to be climbed) into a 180-foot, overhanging monster. Adam Ondra claimed the first ascent in 2012, calling it 9a+ (5.15a). But he mentioned that the grade could be “easy 9b (5.15b),” on his 8a.nu scorecard.
Megos, who was first to repeat the route, said: “Felt harder then the other routes I’ve done in that grade. Took me three days to link the over 60 [meter] pitch, which is always between 55 and 85 degrees steep!” In atypical Megos fashion, he spent a lengthy 38 minutes on his redpoint burn.
Schubert had been working Thor’s Hammer alongside Megos. Prior to Flatanger, Schubert placed forth in the Stavanger IFSC Lead World Cup.
In addition to Schubert and Megos, Flatanger Cave is full of action this week with Ondra, Daniel Woods and Ethan Pringle all climbing side by side.
“THORS HAMMER”! Got the 3rd ascent of this amazing 9a+ in the Flatanger cave today! 60m of super steep climbing with some big rests took quite some energy and after struggling with some wet holds I’m very excited I could top out this magestic line. ? @woodslave #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #kingline #rockclimbing
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