Stefano Ghisolfi Climbs Sick New Line, Keeps Grade Hush-Hush

In this episode of the Olympian’s ‘The Climbing Diaries’ series, he claims the first ascent of ‘Dedi Fredi’ — another idyllic Italian sport climb. It’s anyone’s guess how hard it is.

In a break from first-ascensionist tradition, Stefano Ghisolfi stopped short of publicly assigning a grade to his new sport climb. Instead, he stated that he wants to know what viewers think.

I’m no crusher, but if someone of Ghisolfi’s caliber has to put in more than a couple of burns to send, then the route’s probably near the bleeding edge of hard climbing. The kerfuffle over climbing grades has swept Ghisolfi up before; now, he’s taking a path far less traveled by opening up the discussion.

Care to weigh in? Throw your two cents in the ring and see what other folks are saying. Head to the YouTube comment thread to get in on the action.

Runtime: 20 minutes

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Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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