Estado Critico, Nico’s First 9a!

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Nicolas Favresse sent his first 9a with the route “Estado Critico” in Siurana, Spain. Doing this, he became the first rock climber of the Benelux to have passed this barrier and to have reached a level attained by only a handful of people in the world!

Nico was quite fast in sending the route, taking only ten tries to do it! The route is located next to the famous, “La Rambla”, in the sector El Pati. It follows a beautiful blue streak in a huge yellow limestone overhang. The difficulty consists of a stamina-fest involving hard boulder problems on small crimps. Half an hour after the send, Nicolas was already back in action flashing “Umpah Pah”, considered a difficult 8b!

Questions to Nicolas >

Actually you climb 9a Redpoint and 8b Onsight, how do you think to make more?

My actual motivation is stronger than ever. Of course I’d like to do a 9a again, (or harder). And I’d like to send other 8b’s (or harder) onsight. I am confident about this. But above all what would give me the most satisfaction is to find an amazing wall where I could open a dream line that would become the hardest, most beautiful route I have ever climbed.

Very difficult sport climbs (9a…) Are these a way for you to satisfy your climbing needs, to progress even more, to be able to live from your passion or maybe something completely different?

Each climbing discipline give me its own joy. I particularly like challenging redpoints because it teaches me how to climb better. In order to send I have to manage perfectly my rhythm, my footwork, my concentration… I like this type of effort. I like when it’s challenging and I have to invest myself. This is a way that I learn so much more about myself.

For me, redpointing difficult sport climbs is the best way to find my motivation to push myself physically. Motivation is a key element in my evolution. It’s only with a huge motivation that I am able to reach the deepest into myself.


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