What does that list look like on the European side? Are there really that many more 5.14d climbers across the pond?
5.14d, (even 5.13+ for that matter!) looks like, to me, the grade of immortals. But perhaps that's just my perspective from the 5.10/5.11 point on the totem pole. Although we all strive to go higher...
From the country names I can recognize as European, there are 203. I'm also willing to bet that 203 is well below the actual figure. I recall a video somewhere (maybe with Novato Marin?) where a Spanish climber talks about how like 40+ people in his village of 250 can climb at least 8c+. However, if we just look by country, the US is still doing all right. Only the French (at 39) have more 9a climbers than the Americans.
I agree Mark! We need more hard routes - I'd like to help, though it's gonna take me a bit to get there!