Climbing Areas Archives: Rätikon

Nalle Hukkataival Climbs Hard Multipitch

Not content with climbing the hardest boulder problems in the world, Nalle Hukkataival decided to get in the multipitch game with a free ascent of the route Silbergeier in Rätikon, Switzerland:

We managed to climb the legendary multi-pitch ‘Silbergeier’ in Rätikon! Partnered with Tomi Nytorp, I climbed the whole route free on June 21st, after having checked out the pitches briefly over 3 days. Quite the experience as it was my first real multi-pitch! Afterwards we got to enjoy the view from the summit on a picture perfect summer day before rapping back down. What a good time and huge respect to Beat Kammerlander for opening such an incredible route!

Silbergeier features difficulty up to 5.13d/5.14a along six pitches of runout limestone climbing.  You can see footage of Nina Caprez and Cedric Lachat on the same climb here.

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Tommy Caldwell, writing for La Sportiva about a trip to Switzerland that had him questioning the mantra that “Sport Climbing is Neither”:

Yeah, sport climbing is the safe type of climbing… right. That is what I was telling myself as I looked down and saw my rope hanging free for thirty feet then gently arcing towards my last bolt more than 40 feet away. I looked up… no more bolts in sight and no possible place for gear either.
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If I fall here I am looking at a 100-foot fall that will leave me hanging 40 feet below my belayer.
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But it’s a free fall. I should be all right…maybe.

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Silbergeier – Nina Caprez & Cedric Lachat

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Hard Multipitch In Switzerland By Nina Caprez

Nina Caprez reports here here and here that she did the first female ascent of the 240m route Silbergeier (difficulties up to 5.13d/5.14a) in Rätikon, Switzerland.  PlanetMountain interviews her about the ascent here.

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