Le Clou 8c, the hardest route in Belgium?

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The 22-year old Belgian, Nicolas Favresse, has recently freed “Le Clou”, an 8c that could stand as the hardest route in the country. The route is located at Freyr, which, with over 600 routes from 3 to 8c, is the most important crag in Belgium.

Le Clou follows Tartines de Clous (7b) then continues up a clean line of 20 moves on sharp small edges with small feet.

Although Le Clou isn’t the only 8c in Belgium, Nicolas Favresse suggested grade may be somewhat conservative. 8c+ isn’t out of the question, but he would prefer to leave this to future ascentionists to decide.

Question to Nicolas >

Do you still have projects in Freyr?

Yes of course. Freyr has still some potential mostly for extremely difficult climbs! Lately, I have scooped a few lines and some of them look like they could go. The difficulty with Freyr is that none of the walls are very overhanging and so the holds are very small which makes the research for futuristic lines not so obvious. Despite of that, I stay optimistic towards the idea of having harder routes in Freyr.


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