Watch This French Rock Climber Dominate a 9b+ Grade

A 9b+ grade — or 5.15 c — is the second-hardest grade of climbing in the world. Watch Black Diamond athlete Seb Bouin tick it off his list.

Seb Bouin worked on this not-so-little project for months — climbing “Beyond Integral,” a route in southern France rated 9b+. He made the first ascent of the route in 2020. And now, an official film documenting his effort is here.

Bouin’s other hard route accomplishments include Biographie (5.15a), Mamichula (5.15b), The Dream (5.15b, FA), and Terra Nova (5.14).

Watch, cringe, cheer him on, get inspired, and enjoy.

Run time: 12 minutes. Black Diamond Equipment produced this film.

Testing trekking poles while hiking near Moab.
The Best Trekking Poles of 2022
We tested the best trekking poles of 2022 with options for every adventure and budget. Top picks include Black Diamond, REI, and more! Read more…

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

Topics: ,

Tags: ,