Ultimatum : the new 9a+ route in Arco first climbed by Stefano Ghisolfi

Great year this one for Stefano Ghisolfi, which after a win in the Lead World Cup in Xiamen and 4th overall, is making the most of his amazing form and after his recent move to Arco in Italy’s Garda Trentino, has now resulted in the first ascent of Ultimatum, the hardest sport climb in the entire area.

The route is an enormous link-up at the historic crag Massone and connects the routes of Underground, Reini’s vibes, Pietra Murata and L'ultima pietra before finishing up Stonehenge, an infinite journey of 110 exhausting moves.

In mid-November Ghisolfi prepared himself for this mammoth undertaking by onsighting the 8b+ Pietra Murata, his hardest onsight so far. Last week he fell off move 108 on the new connection, just two holds from the chain. The other day Ghisolfi made the five-minute journey from home to the crag and freed what is now the hardest sport climb in Arco, and his second-hardest first ascent after Lapsus 9b at Andonno last year.