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WORLD'S HARDEST ROUTES

This list is as accurate as we could get but many grades may be easier or harder than stated especially since very few of the lines have had many repeats. Certain repeats may also not be reflected. The hardest lines in SA have been added too but the overseas routes of a similar grade are not reflected since there are too many of them. Why not take a world tour & tick them all off.

Remember that the SA grades are NOT the same as the Australian grades, see our GRADE COMPARISON.

ROUTES, 36 (9a) & harder plus SA's hardest
ROUTE NAME GRADE AREA FIRST ASCENT REPEATS
Chilam Bilam 39 (9b+) ? Málaga, Spain Bernabé Fernández  
Akira 38 (9b) ? le Perigord, France Fred Rouhling, 1995 Opened naturally, glued hold added afterward.
Realization 37 (9a+) Ceuse, France Chris Sharma, 2001 Patxi Usobiaga (2004)
Orujo 37 (9a+) ? Málaga, Spain Bernabé Fernández, 1998  
La Rambla original 37 (9a+) Siurana, Spain Ramonet Julian  
Flatmountain 37 (9a+) Fugato, Japan Yuji Hirayama  
Violent New Breed 37 (9a+) Giggleswick S, UK John Gaskins 2004  
Bimbaluna 37 (9a+) ? Saint Loup, Switzerland Francois Nicole, 2004  
Flex Luthor 37 (5.15a) Fortress of Solitude, Rifle, USA Tommy Caldwell, 2003  
Bain de Sang 36 (9a) Saint Loup, Switzerland Fred Nicole, 1993 Francois Nicole, Fred Rouhling, Josune
Action Directe 36 (9a) Frankenjura, Germany Wolfgang Gullich, 1991 Alexander Adler, Iker Pou ,Dave Graham, Christian Bindhammer
l'Autre Cote du Ciel 36 (9a) les Eaux-Claires, France Fred Rouhling, 1997  
Hugh 36 (9a) les Eaux-Claires, France Fred Rouhling, 1993 (Not natural)
Northern Lights 36 (9a) Kilsney, UK Steve McClure, 2000  
Mutation 36 (9a) Raven Tor, UK Steve McClure, 1998  
The Big Bang 36 (9a) Lower Pen Trwyn, UK Neil Carson, 1996  
Pandemonium 36 (VI.8) Podzamcze, Poland Rafal Moucka, 2001  
Kryptonite 36 (5.14d) Fortress of Solitude, Rifle, USA Tommy Caldwell, 1999 Yuji Hirayama, Adam Stack
Vakuumgeist 36 (9a) Hinkelstein, Austria Klem Loskot, 1998  
Intermezzo 15 gelöst 36 (9a) Plombergstein, Austria Klem Loskot, 1997  
Hantillo 36 (9a) Hinkelstein, Austria Klem Loskot, 1996  
Festin du Pierres 36 (9a) Orgon, France Jean-Pierre Bouvier, 1994 Brice Lefevre
Open Air 36 (9a) Schleierwasserfall, Austria Alex Huber, 1996  
Om 36 (9a) Triangel, Austria Alex Huber, 1993  
Im Reich des Shogun 36 (9a) Tufleten, Switzerland Eric Talmadge, 2000  
Underground 36 (9a) Arco, Italy     Yuji Hirayama, 2000 Vadim Vinokur
The Fly 36 (5.14d) Rumney, USA Dave Graham, 2000 Luke Parady
Livin Astroglide 36 (5.14d) Rumney, USA Joe Kinder  
KinematiX 36 (9a) Gorges du Loup, USA Andreas Bindhammer  
Robi in the Sky 35/36 (8b+/9a) Les Calanques, France François Legrand, 2000  
Ground Zero 36 (9a) Tetto di Sarre, Italy Alberto Gnorro  
Sanjski par extension 36 (9a) Misja Pec, Osp, Slovenia Uros Perko  
Ińi Ameriketan 36 (9a) Baltzola, Spain Rikar Otegui  
Psychedelic 36 (5.14d) St George, USA Dave Graham  
Logical Progression 36 (9a) Joyama, Japan Dai Komada  
Tysiac Kotletow 36 (VI.8) Rosnow, Poland Tomasz Oleksy, 2000  
Il Domani 36 (9a) Baltzola, Spain Patxi Usobigia  
La Chimčre 36 (9a) Saint Loup, France Fred Nicole  
No name 36 (9a) Alquezar, Spain Dani Andrada  
Desafiando a Tsunami 36 (9a) Alquezar, Spain Tino Lois  
White Ladder 35 Nowra, Australia Chris Webb  
Ebola 33 Montagu, SA Clinton Martinengo, 2002 Paul Brouard
Thanatos 33/34 Shongweni, SA Paul Brouard, 1999  
Bobbejan 33 Outdshoorn, SA Klem Loskot, 1998 Paul Brouard
Eros 33 Shongweni, SA Paul Brouard, 2001  
Benita 33 Montagu, SA Justin Hawkins (Key hold now broken)
God of Small Things 33 Waterval Boven, SA Jens Richter 2004  
Fossil Fuel 32/33 Chosspile, SA Ralph Brucher, 2000 Paul Brouard, Pieter Martin, Kilian Fischauber
Jabberwocky 32/33 The Restaurant, SA Richard Lord, 1993 Several
Hubbly Bubbly 32 Shongweni, SA Paul Brouard, 1997 Damian McHendry
Barricade 32 Shongweni, SA Roger Natrass, 1995 8 repeats
Aqualung 32 Fernkloof, SA Paul Broaurd, 2000  
Slap and Flay 32 Shongweni, SA Paul Brouard, 1996  
Strata 32 The Restaurant, SA Paul Brouard, 2001  
Twilight Beauty 32 Mhlabatini, SA Steve Bradshaw Snr, 1991 (Pegs, 1 bolt & gear)
Short Circuit 32 Oudtshoorn, SA Jeremy Colenso 7 repeats
Up For Grabs 32 Oudtshoorn, SA Tommy Caldwall Paul Brouard, Kevin Watkins, Martin Renz
Seven 32 Oudtshoorn, SA Tommy Caldwall Paul Brouard
Frazzle 31/32 Rocklands, SA Paul Brouard, 2001  

BOULDER PROBLEMS V15/8C & harder plus SA's hardest
PROBLEM NAME GRADE AREA FIRST ASCENT REPEATS
Tonino 78 V16/8C+ Central Italy Mauro Calibani  
Tunnel to Tunnel Project V16/8C+ Australia Dai Koyamada  
Dreamtime sitdown V15/8C Cresciano, Switzerland Fred Nicole, 2000 Bernd Zangerl, Dave Graham, Chris Sharma
New Base Line V15/8C Magic Wood, Switzerland Bernd Zangerl  
Black Eagle sitstart V15/8C Rocklands, SA Fred Nicole  
Trip Hop V15/8C Fontainebleau, France Sebastian Frigault  
Transdendenz V15/8C Sachen, Germany Thomas Willenberg  
Walk Away sitstart V15/8C Fairysteps, UK John Gaskins  
Banshousha V15/8C Ogawayama Crystal Slab Tokyo Mourai  
Gossip V15/8C Frankenjura, Germany Markus Boch  
Amazonia V15/8C Fontainebleau, France Francis Helias  
l'anarchiste V15/8C St Anne, France Philip Moser  
Viva la evolution V15/8C Flirsch, Austria Bernd Zangerl  
Extradition V15/8C Coire Lagan, UK Si O'Conor  
Oliphants Dawn V14/8B+ Rocklands, SA Fred Nicole,2000  
Baboon Master sitstart V14/8B+ Rocklands, SA Fred Nicole, 2002  
Monkey wedding V14/8B+ Rocklands, SA Fred Nicole  
Nutsa V13/8B Rocklands, SA Fred Nicole, 2001 Justin Hawkins
The Vice V13/8B Rocklands, SA Thomas Willenberg, 1999 Julien Nadiras, Fred Nicole
Desperado V13/8B Rocklands, SA Klem Loskot Fred Nicole
Armed Response V13/8B Rocklands, SA Klem Loskot Fred Nicole
Oral Office V13/8B Rocklands, SA Klem Loskot Fred Nicole, Thomas Willenberg
Leopard Cave V13/8B Rocklands, SA Fred Nicole Thomas Willenberg, Julien Nadiras, Justin Hawkins
Ard Ay V13/8B Topside, SA Jerry Moffat Clinton Marteningo, Evan Wiercx
Black Eagle V12/V13 Rocklands, SA Fred Nicole Thomas Willenberg
Steak House V12/V13 Rocklands, SA Fred Nicole  
Boogie Nights V12/8A+ Topside, SA Justin Hawkins, 2000  

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