Fred Rouhling


Quick Info

Nationality: FR
Date of birth: 24th January 1970
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 8B
Hardest Sport (Worked): 9a+
Social Media

Fred Rouhling was a controversial figure during the late 90s and early 2000s. With a string of hard ascents in a relatively off the beaten track location there were many people who doubted his ascents, not helped by the fact that many of his routes were unashamedly chipped (for example De L'Autre Côté du Ciel).

His route Akira was particularly contentious. When he made the first ascent he gave it the then unheard of grade of 9b at a time when 9a+ didn't exist.

A 2005 profile by Pete Ward [2] helped to dispel some of the more outlandish myths, and many of his routes have now received repeats which confirm their quality and difficulty. However, his route Akira did receive a notable downgrade to 9a after being repeated by Sébastien Bouin and Lucien Martinez.

References

[1] Interview with Relais Vertical Part 1 https://youtu.be/xqk0nQCNtpY

[2] Interview with Relais Vertical Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enFSnkF25eI

[3] The Other Side of Fred Rouhling by Pete Ward, 15th June 2012 https://www.climbing.com/people/fred-rouhling/

[4] Interview with camptocamp.org, October 2008 https://www.camptocamp.org/articles/143240/fr/interview-de-fred-rouhling-21-10-2008-

Quick Info

Nationality: FR
Date of birth: 24th January 1970
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 8B
Hardest Sport (Worked): 9a+
Social Media

Fred Rouhling was a controversial figure during the late 90s and early 2000s. With a string of hard ascents in a relatively off the beaten track location there were many people who doubted his ascents, not helped by the fact that many of his routes were unashamedly chipped (for example De L'Autre Côté du Ciel).

His route Akira was particularly contentious. When he made the first ascent he gave it the then unheard of grade of 9b at a time when 9a+ didn't exist.

A 2005 profile by Pete Ward [2] helped to dispel some of the more outlandish myths, and many of his routes have now received repeats which confirm their quality and difficulty. However, his route Akira did receive a notable downgrade to 9a after being repeated by Sébastien Bouin and Lucien Martinez.

References

[1] Interview with Relais Vertical Part 1 https://youtu.be/xqk0nQCNtpY

[2] Interview with Relais Vertical Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enFSnkF25eI

[3] The Other Side of Fred Rouhling by Pete Ward, 15th June 2012 https://www.climbing.com/people/fred-rouhling/

[4] Interview with camptocamp.org, October 2008 https://www.camptocamp.org/articles/143240/fr/interview-de-fred-rouhling-21-10-2008-


Pics + Vids

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Hugh (9a, FA)
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Hugh (9a, FA)
Added at 06:10 on 12 October 2021
Salamandre (9a+, FA)
Added at 07:07 on 05 July 2021
Mandallaz Drive (9a, FA)
Added at 05:10 on 12 October 2021
De L'Autre Côté du Ciel (9a, FA)
Added at 09:02 on 03 February 2022
De L'Autre Côté du Ciel (9a, FA)
Added at 20:03 on 22 March 2021

Ascents

8 recorded ascents.

Year Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
1993 Hugh 9a (Lead) 1st December 1993 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CPvq8omjBI4/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU5xYqEA0XI

1994
1995 Akira 9a (Lead) 6th June 1995

Fred suggested 9b (at a time when there were no established 9a+s). A bold move!

An ascent (and grade) that caused a lot of controversy at the time.

https://www.climbing.com/people/fred-rouhling/

1996
1997 De L'Autre Côté du Ciel 9a (Lead) 1st January 1997 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEa8JJ5Kcdg

1998
1999
2000
2001 Bain de Sang 9a (Lead) 1st November 2001 (approx)

Third ascent.

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2001/11/fred_rouhling_does_bain_de_sang_f9a-1824

2002
2003 La Proue 8B (Boulder) 4th October 2003
2004 Mandallaz Drive 9a (Lead) 1st January 2004 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWrkTHwO55U

2005
2006
2007 Salamandre 9a+ (Lead) 1st January 2007 (approx)

https://vimeo.com/10136458

2008 Empreintes 9a (Lead) 1st January 2008 (approx)
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Salamandre 9a+ (Lead) 1st January 2007 (approx)

https://vimeo.com/10136458

Hugh 9a (Lead) 1st December 1993 (approx)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CPvq8omjBI4/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU5xYqEA0XI

Akira 9a (Lead) 6th June 1995 9b

Fred suggested 9b (at a time when there were no established 9a+s). A bold move!

An ascent (and grade) that caused a lot of controversy at the time.

https://www.climbing.com/people/fred-rouhling/

De L'Autre Côté du Ciel 9a (Lead) 1st January 1997 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEa8JJ5Kcdg

Mandallaz Drive 9a (Lead) 1st January 2004 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWrkTHwO55U

Empreintes 9a (Lead) 1st January 2008 (approx)
Bain de Sang 9a (Lead) 1st November 2001 (approx)

Third ascent.

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2001/11/fred_rouhling_does_bain_de_sang_f9a-1824

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
La Proue 8B (Boulder) 4th October 2003
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade