Michael Levy

Michael Levy is a freelance journalist and the editor-at-large for Climbing magazine. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Outside and Rock and Ice, among other publications. He has climbed all over the world, from the big walls of Yosemite to the limestone cliffs of south-east Asia; from the peaks in the Alaska Range to those in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru.

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Hardest route climbed

The hardest sport climb in the world is "Silence", which has a grade of 5.15d. The 45-m-long (148-ft) climb is located in the Hanshelleren Cave, near Flatanger, Norway. No other climbs of this grade yet exist. Silence has only been climbed by one person to date: Adam Ondra (CZE), on 3 Sep 2017.