| 48 kilograms (106 lb)|
| Ramon Puigblanque|
| November 9, 1981 (age 34)
Spain (1981-11-09) |
159 centimetres (5 ft 3 in)
Redpoint: 9a+ (5.15a)
On-sight: 8c+ (5.14c)
Ramón Julián Puigblanque (also known as Ramonet, which means little Ramon in Catalan language; born November 9, 1981 in Vic, Barcelona, Spain) is a professional Spanish rock climber specializing in lead climbing competitions. He won two World Championships, in 2007 and 2011, two European Championships, in 2004 and 2010 and one Lead Climbing World Cup in 2010. He has also climbed many routes of 9a (5.14d) and harder.
Ramón Julián Puigblanque Wikipedia
He started climbing when he was a child with his parents and competed in senior categories from 2001. On November 17, 2002, he took his first victory and first podium in the Lead World Cup, in Kranj, last stage of the 2002 season.
On March 8, 2003, he hit the headlines with the first free ascent of La Rambla extension, Siurana, one of the first 9a+ (5.15a) in history and the highest grade at that time. In the same year he ended the Lead World Cup in second place with three wins, two seconds and two podiums finishes. The Cup was won by Alexandre Chabot, with five wins and two seconds.
In 2004 he won the gold medal at the European Championships in Lecco, Italy.
On May 29, 2006, he succeeded to onsight the 8c (5.14b) route Suma O in Cuenca, Spain. Puigblanque became the fourth person ever to have onsighted 8c after Yuji Hirayama, Tomáš Mrázek and Patxi Usobiaga.
In 2007 he took his first gold medal at the World Championships in Avilés, Spain, and ended the Lead World Cup in second place.
In 2010 he won his first Lead World Cup title, with three wins and a second place and took his second gold medal at the European Championships in Imst, Austria.
In 2011 he won his second gold medal at the World Championships in Arco, Italy and ended the Lead World Cup in second place.
On October 11, 2011, he became the third person ever to have onsighted 8c+ (5.14c) after Patxi Usobiaga and Adam Ondra, with the onsight of The Crew in Rifle, Colorado, realized a few days after competing in the Boulder stage of the World Cup.