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After two Frenchmen and one American, Tuhin becomes the first Indian to redpoint the 8b+ (5.14a) route in Badami   Young Indian climber Tuhin Satarkar became the first Indian to redpoint Ganesh (8b+), India's toughest sport route, on December 14, the very next day after American climber Paige Claassen became the first woman to do so.

After over a week of crimping, deadpointing and falling repeatedly, Tuhin also became the fourth person to finish this 20m sandstone route in Badami, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Red Bull-linked Tuhin and Arjun Vajpai Foundation-sponsored Sandeep Maity were both trying to be the first Indian climbers to redpoint the route. Eventually, Tuhin finished the route "without falling or hangdogging on any of the quickdraws from the start to the finish," said Jon Glassberg, co-founder of  LouderThan11, a US-based production house that shot the entire ascent and plans on releasing the video in January 2014. With the successful redpoint, Tuhin also became the top claimant for the INR 50,000 (US$ 800) prize money announced last season by Indian outdoor gear retailer Adventure 18 for the first Indian ascent of the route.

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