U.Okay. climber Buster Martin turns into solely the second particular person after Alex Megos to ship the world’s unique 5.14d sport routes: ‘Motion Directe’ and ‘Hubble.’
Even with climbing’s large progress in recognition, the world’s hardest routes stay enigmatic.
It’s stunning, for instance, that solely Megos has climbed each Ben Moon’s “Hubble” and Wolfgang Gullich’s famously troublesome “Motion Directe.”
We will now add Buster Martin to that listing, though he didn’t determine to work on the issues due to their elite-level grades. For Martin, every line represents a quintessential piece of climbing historical past.
Within the video of his smooth-as-silk ship, Martin displays on the “imaginative and prescient” of Gullich, who bolted a futuristic line that continues to problem climbers 3 many years later.
“I don’t see the necessity to make a lot of a comparability in issue,” he mentioned. “For me, they’re not concerning the issue. It’s the identical for ‘Motion.’ I needed to climb it as a result of it’s an iconic route and a extremely stunning piece of climbing.”
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