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Stefano Ghisolfi Sends Hell’Avaro (5.14c/d)

Making the best of poor conditions, Stefano Ghisolfi ticked the first ascent of Hell'Avaro in Italy’s Tetto di Sarre.

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Making the best of poor conditions, Stefano Ghisolfi ticked the first ascent of Hell’Avaro in Italy’s Tetto di Sarre.

“The conditions were not the best,” the 22-year-old Italian climber wrote on Instagram. “The rain didn’t stop.” So Ghisolfi chose to visit Tetto di Sarre, the only nearby crag that remains dry during storms.

Hell’Avaro is a linkup of Hell (5.13d) and L’avaro (5.14c), which Adam Ondra onsighted in 2011. Ghisolfi calls the route a 9a- (5.14c/d), writing on Instagram that the route was a “little harder than L’avaro, but not a full 9a.”

Ghisolfi has established other routes in the past, including TCT, a 5.14d linkup of L’extrama Cura (5.14b) and Base Jump (5.14a) at Gravere in northern Italy (see video below).

Stefano Ghisolfi on TCT (5.14c/d):