“Mamichula” (5.15b) for Séb Bouin!
Séb Bouin has made the first repetition of Mamichula, a 9b (5.15b) in Oliana, Spain that Adam Ondra called “hard 9b” after establishing it in February 2017.
“What a day Yesterday,” Bouin told Rock and Ice in an email. “I had the best belayer possible for this route, my super Mami (mom).”
While it is Bouin’s hardest route to date on “paper,” he said that he is not sure it is his hardest in “reality.” Some of his hardest sends to date include Chilam Bilam, a 9b in Villanueva del Rosario, Spain; Les yeux plus gros que l’antre, a 9a+/9b (5.15a/b) in France, a first ascent by Bouin; and La Côte d’Usure, a 9a+ in the Verdon, France, also a first ascent.
Mamichula is a link-up of pieces of two classic Chris Sharma 9a+’s, Papichulo and Pachamama. Recently, Margo Hayes sent Papichulo as her third 5.15a.
Now that Bouin has deemed Mamichula to be easier than some of his other ascents which he graded lower, he’s eager for others to repeat his creations and see how hard they really are. “I am psyched to see some climbers in my latest mega lines in France,” he wrote.