Mateusz Haladaj, 29, from Poland sent his long-time project Papichulo (9a+/5.15a) in Oliana, Spain, becoming the first Pole to climb the grade.
“So happy to climb that Beast!” Mateusz Haladaj reported on 8a.nu. He called the 150-foot, sustained line his “anti-style.”
Papichulo is one of the first routes that Chris Sharma bolted when he arrived in Oliana. It’s the most repeated 9a+/5.15a in the world, with seven ascents logged in the 8a database.
For Haladaj, it was his first 5.15a. His other notable climbs include: Ciudad de Dios, Open Your Mind Direct, Direct Into Your Fabelita, and Fuck the System in Santa Linya, Spain; Martin Krpan, Osp, Slovenia; Erfolg ist Trainierbar, Adlitzgraeben, Austria; Sprawa Honoru, Mamutowa Cave, Poland; and Los InconformistasRodellar, Spain—all 9a/5.14d.
“Proud to be the first Pole on 9a+ [5.15a],” wrote Haladaj. “Thanks to all for support and belay.”
Domen Škofic of Slovenia on the sixth ascent of Papichulo (5.15a):
Video recorded by Mateusz Haladaj
Cover photo: Domen Škofic on Papichulo (5.15a)