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Chris Sharma Close to First 5.15 and Dave Graham Closes In


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July 14, 2001

Camp4 - Climbing News Archive

On July 4, Chris Sharma finally stuck to the crux of Biographie Extension. Chris has fallen from this spot over 25 times. In an article with Outside Magazine, he says that he may forgo the Bouldering World Cup in Chamonix to finish the climb. "I was one move away from the point where you won't fall off anymore. It's a big breakthrough," says Sharma on the phone with Outside Magazine. Chris realizes that to be the first person to climb 5.15 he must do it soon because two more contenders have just stepped up to the plate- Arnaud Petit and Dave Graham. 1996 UIAA World Cup champ Arnaud Petit, who has wired the lower section- the original Biographie route, originally planned to attack the extension this summer. But has since bowed out of the "competition". Dave Graham arrived just two days before Sharma got the crux moves. Actually this week he has gotten the fifth ascent of the original line of Biographie(5.14c). However, he is still having a tough time with the crux moves on the extension. While on his impressive European tour which included Wolfgang Gullich's Action Directe(9a/5.14d), Elfe(9a/5.14d) and a slew of other 8cs, he decided to give a look at the ultimate problem. A week earlier Vadim Vinokur became the fourth person to have climbed the original line. There are no reports that Vadim is going is attempting to complete the extension as well. We will keep you updated on how this friendly competition concludes.

Read the rest of the Outside Magazine article at

Read the Camp4 article on Sharma's first attempts of Biographie.

Read the Camp4 article on Dave Graham's ascent of Action Directe and his European tour.

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