Hansjrg AUER free solos ascent of MEPHISTO !

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Watermann2

Mountain climber
Saluzzo Italia
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 9, 2015 - 11:53pm PT
Congratulations to the great AUER, that after having climbed the most difficult climb of all time in FREE_SOLO,: Weg Durch Den Fish in MARMOLADA (Attraverso il Pesce) 850m. 7b + / 5.12d / this great mountaineer has added another jewel to its string, the hard route MEPHISTO.
CHAPEAU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Greetings to ALL.

http://www.planetmountain.com/english/News/shownews1.lasso?l=2&keyid=43031
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Sep 10, 2015 - 08:35am PT
Mephisto is the historical climb on the West Face of Sass de la Crusc - Heiligkreuzkofel in German - put up in 1979 by two of the strongest Austrians climbers of that era, Luggi Rieser and Reinhard Schiestl, who in just five hours on that 16th of July introduced the first grade VIII climb to the Alps. Using, for the record, only three intermediate pegs along the way. In short, a legendary climb first ascended by two alpinists that Auer holds in the highest regard and for whom he now says: "what they did back in 1979 was simply incredible. With the gear of that era! Theirs was a visionary idea, quite simply a masterpiece of hard free climbing up in the mountains."

Sounds rad for sure...
Bad Climber

climber
Sep 10, 2015 - 10:34am PT
Dang. This badass stuff makes me feel, well, NOT badass. Incredible. Stay safe, brother.

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jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
Sep 10, 2015 - 12:56pm PT
7b+ =12c. 7c=12d 7c+=13a 8a=13b get your ratings right. I know 7b+ well.
T H

Boulder climber
ne'erdowell
Sep 10, 2015 - 09:17pm PT
... I had that feeling of being completely alone, of being utterly weightless, of being absolutely focused.
Soloing a route in the mountains, where I know I cannot allow myself to make even the slightest mistake, is one of the most intense feelings climbing gives me."
couchmaster

climber
Sep 11, 2015 - 05:57am PT

That's some incomprehensible world class badassery there. Free soloing a 2800' 5.12C route in the Dolomites? Wow. Thanks Watermann2.


Topping out pic below:




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"What I do know," says Auer "is that for me personally this route marks a very important step, because I always thought Id stopped free soloing for good. The right moment never came again and so I believed it was all over. Instead, it arrived. And once again it was brilliant. Emotions are really personal and difficult to describe, but as always I had that feeling of being completely alone, of being utterly weightless, of being absolutely focussed. Soloing a route in the mountains, where I know I cannot allow myself to make even the slightest mistake, is one of the most intense feelings climbing gives me." "
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