Mind boggling improvements continued and in 2010, aged 16, Alex onsighted La Pietra Murata(8b+) in Massone, Italy. Then the legendary Frankenjura route,Wallstreet (8c) was despatched in only five tries. Later that year, during his first trip to Kalymnos he made the first ascents of Fake Friends and Keep Going (both 8c) and then onsighted Trous dans l’air (8b+). A second trip at the end of the year produced an equally impressive roster of ascents: Lucky Luca Extension (8c, second go), Barabuk (8b+, onsight), Nadir (8b+, second go), Glaros (8b, onsight), Gaia (8b, onsight), Labyrinth (8b, second go), Rendez with Platon (8a+/b, onsight) and…(phew!)…StormPU (8a+, onsight).
During 2011 he continued to snap up hard routes in super-quick times. In the spring he climbed Shangri-La (8c+) in Schlaraffenland, Frankenjura, before flashing the Frankenjura test piece Raubritter (8c) and repeating the 8b (E8/9?) bolt-free trad route, Archon at Circus Maximus.
In 2012 Alex redpointed his first 9a, San Ku Kai on Entraygues, the fierce sport crag above Briançon, France and towards the end of the year he set off on an extended road trip around the U.S. Stimulated by the wealth of new climbing opportunities, Alex responded accordingly. First up was a four-day redpoint of Dave Graham’s bouldery test-piece, The Fly (5.14d, 9a) in Rumney, New Hampshire. Next, a shift to Red River Gorge saw a rush of hard repeats, including four 8c+s, three 8b+s climbed onsight and Pure Imagination, his first 8c+ flash.
In the Buttermilks, outside Bishop, California, Alex fired off some hard boulder problems, including a flash of Blood Meridian (V12/13), Mandala (V12) and the ultra highball Evilution (V11). In Hueco Tanks, Texas, he climbed a series of desperate boulders: Terre de Sienne (V13/14), Crown of Aragorn (V13), Crown Royale (V13), Slashface (V13), Sôl Adûnâmentum (V13) and Nagual (V13).
A few months later Alex was in Siurana rattling through well-established test pieces, such as A Muerte 8c+/9a), La Rambla (9a+) and Jungle Speed (9a), with unnerving speed. It was here that he made history with his onsight of Estado Critico, the first 9a in the world to be climbed in such a style.