Mastering one of the greatest rock climbing challenges

By Shane Desiatnik
Updated April 21 2015 - 5:46am, first published April 20 2015 - 2:00pm
Hang on: Alex Megos making the first ascent of Schweinebaumeln (grade 35), at Elphinstone in the Blue Mountains on April 9. Photos: Simon Carter/Onsight Photography.
The most challenging part of the grade 35 route.

German Alex Megos made the first successful ascent of Australia's newest grade 35 rock climbing route on April 9 - and Leura resident and climbing photographer Simon Carter was abseiling nearby to capture every gruelling moment.

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