After two years of work, Chris Sharma has made the first ascent of his well-known First Round First Minute project in Margalef, Spain.
Sharma first began trying the bouldery, 25-move route in 2009. He came frustratingly close to success, and fell off the last move of the climb some 50 times before sending. In an interview with PlanetMountain, Sharma said his success was "really unexpected."
"I hadn't tried [First Round First Minute] for about two months and yesterday I suddenly climbed in a different sector and suddenly thought "Why not?" he said. "Conditions were excellent, no one else was there except for a French couple and what followed was a good, pure moment."
Sharma's battle with the route was among his most publicized, with many speculating that it could be his hardest at 5.15b. After sending First Round First Minute, Sharma said he would find it difficult to give the line a grade, since he had tried it so many times.
"I'm not sure whether this is one of the hardest things I've ever done, but it's certainly one of the most rewarding," Sharma said.