First a bad departure, then a climb: Matty Hong repeats Big Fish (8c+/9a)

Matty Hong gets the first repeat of the DWS route Big Fish (8c+/9a) in Mallorca. The difficult and extremely high line in Port de Sóller is another creation of Psicobloc master Chris Sharma and has remained unrepeated since the first ascent in 2017 - until now.

In the climbing area Port de Soller On the north coast of Mallorca, Chris Sharma first climbed another tough DWS route alongside Alasha in September 2017: Big Fish (8c+/9a). The approximately 20 meter long and heavily overhanging route has rejected all applicants in recent years. A few days ago the American succeeded Matty Hong the first repetition.

I was relieved to be able to top Big Fish after a bad crash in the previous attempt.

Matty Hong

Video: Matty Hong is the first to repeat the DWS test piece Big Fish (8c+/9a)

Following in Sharma's footsteps

With Big Fish, Matty Hong repeats the second kingline of the Spaniard Sharma this year. He was able to do this in Ceüse this spring Biography climb through. The route in the French climbing mecca has been one of the most famous 2001a+ in the world since it was first climbed in 9.

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Perfect climbing with adrenaline potential right at the end. Overjoyed to have picked up the first repeat of Big Fish.

Matty Hong

Big Fish is comparatively young compared to Biography. In September 2015, Sharma began to seriously tackle the Port de Sóller project. Two years later he was able to climb the mega line for the first time.

Video: Chris Sharma on the first ascent of Big Fish

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