Serial route downgrader Jakob Schubert recently suggested an upgrade to Alex Megos’s Clash of the Titans (9a+) proposing a 9b grade.
Located in Götterwandl in Nassereith, Clash of the Titans saw its first ascent in 2017 by Alex Megos, and it’s never been repeated ever since. Jakob, who lives quite near the route spent approximately five years projecting it on and off. Finally in 2022 he managed to send it after finding some microbeta that took him past the entering crux.
Recently, on a climbing trip with Stefano Ghisolfi, who contributed his opinion, Jakob decided to propose this rare upgrade.
Although Schubert is one of the strongest climbers to this day, who successfully made the first ascent of Adam Ondra’s B.I.G, one of the few proposed 9c routes in the world, he considers that Clash of the Titans took considerably more effort than the other 9a+ routes he climbed before.
In all fairness, he declared that the crimpy holds are not quite his preferred style, but he still feels that 9b is a better grade for this line.
Jakob’s reputation for being a fast climber and a feared downgrader doesn’t come for nothing. In 2021 during a trip to Siurana, Spain, he downgraded Will Bosi’s line King Capella from a 9b+ to 9b as well as La Capella, located in the same crag, from 8c to an 8b+. On the same trip to Spain, Jakob climbed Bosi’s La Furia de Jabali, which he sent on this third go and downgraded from 9b to 9a+.
With all these downgrades happening, Stefano is open to other climbers’ honest opinions about the grades of these hard climbs, without considering his appreciation 100% valid. You can check out his video below, discussing the process of this climb and his decision on the upgrade.