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Kwon YoungHye Sends World’s Hardest Mixed-Climbs In A Season

Though Kwon YoungHye didn’t start climbing until he was 28, he has need only 15 years to become one of the world’s strongest mixed climbers. This winter, the 43-year-old South Korean took his first trip abroad with one goal in mind: to climb the world’s hardest mixed routes … in one season.

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Mayo told Rock and Ice this December.

YoungHye was able to polish off Mustang on his second try of the day.

With two of the world’s hardest mixed-routes under his belt, YoungHye caught a plane to Switzerland to face off with what is touted as the world’s hardest mixed-line. Ironman (M14+) is a 40-meter monster of a pitch in Eptingen, first climbed by German legend Robert Jasper in 2012.

YoungHye got his chance to tangle with Ironman on January 21, but the route never stood a chance. YoungHye cranked the line on his third try.