Chris Sharma

When Chris started climbing he reinvigorated the US sport climbing scene, quickly repeating many of the hardest lines before establishing his own hard lines such as Necessary Evil, the first 8c+/14c in the US.

Through the rest of his career he took sport climbing in to the modern era by cementing the 9a+ and 9b grades with a string of cutting edge ascents throughout Europe and the US.

Features in Rampage, Best of the West.

Interview with Alex Honnold on Climbing Gold.


Chris Sharma
Chris Sharma
Biographie (FA)
Fight or Flight (FA)
La Dura Dura
Witness the Fitness (FA)
First Round, First Minute (FA)
El Bon Combat (FA)
La Rambla Extension
Super Tweak
© Jim Thornburg
Es Pontas (FA)


19 recorded ascents.

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
La Dura Dura 9b+ (Lead) 23 Mar 2013

The first confirmed 9b+.

Jumbo Love 9b (Lead) 11 Sep 2008

Golpe de Estado 9b (Lead) 17 Dec 2008
Neanderthal 9b (Lead) 18 Dec 2009
First Round, First Minute 9b (Lead) 19 Apr 2011

Fight or Flight 9b (Lead) 05 May 2011

Stoking the Fire 9b (Lead) 06 Feb 2013
El Bon Combat 9b (Lead) 07 Mar 2015

Biographie 9a+ (Lead) 01 Jul 2001 (approx)

A breakthrough in Chris' climbing and one of the hardest routes in the world at the time.

First Ley 9a+ (Lead) 28 Feb 2010

Papichulo 9a+ (Lead)
La Rambla Extension 9a+ (Lead) 01 Jan 2006 (approx)

Third ascent.

Era Vella 9a (Lead) 01 Jan 2010 (approx)
Necessary Evil 8c+ (Lead) 01 Jan 1997 (approx)

Age 15. Chris had been climbing for a little over 3 years at the time of making this ascent, at the time the hardest route in the US.

Super Tweak 8c (Lead)
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
Witness the Fitness 8C (Boulder) 01 Jan 2005 (approx)

Catalan Witness the Fitness 8B+ (Boulder)
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
Alasha 9b (Deep Water Solo) 01 Sep 2016 (approx)
Es Pontas 9a+ (Deep Water Solo) 26 Sep 2007