Fifteen Year Old Repeats Realization

Aug 16, 2010
Outside Magazine

Enzo Oddo, 15, has repeated ChrisSharma's legendary sport route Realization at Ceuse, France, reports.

Oddo, of Nice, workedon the route for months, falling several times on the last moves. InJuly, several holds broke near the start of the route, increasing thedifficulty of the climb.

First climbed by Chris Sharma in 2001,Realization was the first route in the world to receive a consensusgrade of 5.15a. It has since been repeated by a handful of climbers,including Patxi Usobiaga, Dave Graham, and Ramón JuliánPuigblanque. Among European climbers, the route iscommonly known as Biographie, the name given to it by Frenchmountaineer Jean-Christophe Lafaille, who bolted the route in 1989.

According to Kairn, Oddo's ascent tieshim with Adam Ondra as the youngest person to have ever climbed 5.15.Ondra was 15 when he climbed his first route at that grade, LaRambla, in February 2008.

Pictures of Oddo on the route are available on

A video of Sylvain Millet climbing Realization is below.

--Adam Roy

Filed To: Adventure, Climbing

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