/ NEWS: Silvia Vidal: One Month Solo Epic New Route

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UKC News - on 24 Apr 2012
Silvia Vidal on her new route 'Espiadimonis', Patagonia., 4 kbAfter 32 days alone on the wall, 16 of them stuck in bad weather, Silvia Vidal has suceeded on her new route in Chilean Patagonia.

'Espiadimonis' is 1500m long and graded A4/6b.

Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=67071

In reply to UKC News: Totally inspirational - go Silvia!!

Jack
lummox - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: Sounds nails.
mloskot - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: Sounds immense, great effort Silvia!
Henry Iddon - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News:

wow - some trip that!
ROFFER - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News:

Man, that is hardcore!
nniff - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News:

Good effort!

Here's a little game - place the photo's in order first to last, based upon how strung out she looks!
efrance24234 - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: that is amasing!
Ben Briggs - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: Wow what an effort!
Morgan Woods - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News:

Epic new route is epic!
In reply to UKC News:

Bloody Hell!

No wonder she has got 'the stare'!


Chris
Duncan Campbell - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: Frikkin hell! That looks intense! Inspirational anyway, but to be in such an extreme position and still care about trying to leave no trace is really amazing. Nice one Silvia!
Byronius Maximus - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News:

Bloody hell, that is amazing. I can't really comprehend it. Congraulations to her!
beardy mike - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: That looks totally foobar. The first pic tells you everything you need to know about the situation. Wired. For a month.
Simon Caldwell - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News:

I'm speechless...
jim hughes - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to mike kann: I believe the correct spelling is fubar.
Tom Chamberlain - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: I met her in Peru in 2008 after she'd spent weeks dangling on a new route on Huascaran. She was totally emaciated! Amazing person and, perhaps surprisingly given how wired she looks in the photos, very friendly and easy-going.
Tom Last - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News:

Mentalist! Fair play to her hardcore self.

Wonder if she's read about Matthew Medway-Gash's epic though, reckon she'd be impressed?

Robert Durran - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to Southern Man:
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> Mentalist! Fair play to her hardcore self.

Almost as hardcore as Bear Grylls, though I'm sure Bear wouldn't have used any aid.
Brendan - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to Southern Man:
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> Fair play to her hardcore self.

Damn it, that made actually LOL.
Fair play indeed.

jacobjlloyd - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: Gobsmacked! Adventure lives on. What an amazing achievement!
Jonny2vests - on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News:

Blimey. I think she needs to practice not looking scary in self portraits though.
auld al on 24 Apr 2012
In reply to Tom Chamberlain:
> (In reply to UKC News) I met her in Peru in 2008 after she'd spent weeks dangling on a new route on Huascaran. She was totally emaciated! Amazing person and, perhaps surprisingly given how wired she looks in the photos, very friendly and easy-going.

there's more of her in Asgard Jamming, which is a superb dvd if you havn't seen it yet!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnH9kbMqj8U
Page on 25 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: They say the eyes are the window to the soul. Holy crap!
Mr. K - on 25 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: Beast! Any chance of a UKClimbing interview with Silvia?
mattrm - on 25 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News:

I'd also love to read an interview with her. I can't even wrap my head around it, a month? Solo? Dead impressed.
Dave 88 - on 25 Apr 2012
In reply to mattrm:

...after a week trekking through dense jungle, then a week ferrying kit down of the top. Mind blowing.
slacky on 25 Apr 2012
In reply to Mr. K:
> (In reply to UKC News) Beast! Any chance of a UKClimbing interview with Silvia?

Theres an interview with her about soloing big walls linked from Alpinists news report of this ascent.
In reply to Mr. K:
> (In reply to UKC News) Beast! Any chance of a UKClimbing interview with Silvia?

Good idea, I'll give her a ring.

Cheers,

Jack
jonnie3430 - on 25 Apr 2012
In reply to Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor:
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> Good idea, I'll give her a ring.
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> Cheers,
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> Jack

Can we ask some of the questions? I'd be interested if she prefers solo, or couldn't find a partner with the time and experience she wants?

The last pic of her on a yellow camalot gives me the heebies, fair play to her!
Furanco C - on 25 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: putting the mental back in climbing. Sage.
In reply to jonnie3430: Sure, I'll ask her.

J
Tom Knowles - on 26 Apr 2012
In reply to jonnie3430:

> Can we ask some of the questions? I'd be interested if she prefers solo, or couldn't find a partner with the time and experience she wants?

There's an interview of her in Alpinist (part of their Solo Series) which you may find of interest:

http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web08x/wfeature-solo-vidal

Regarding her recent solo in Chile, Alpinist broke the news two weeks ago:

http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web12s/alpinist-newswire-silvia-vidal
Dave 88 - on 26 Apr 2012
In reply to Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor:

Can you ask what system she uses for soloing please Jack.
matthewtraver - on 26 Apr 2012
In reply to Dave 88:

Wren/Rock Exotica 'Soloist' device using a continuous loop method if that helps. Apologies if this is teaching egg sucking!
Mr Fuller on 26 Apr 2012
In reply to Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor: Can you ask how much weight she lost during the trip?! It looks like month-long solos could replace the weight-watchers diet.
jonnie3430 - on 26 Apr 2012
In reply to Mr Fuller:
> (In reply to Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor) Can you ask how much weight she lost during the trip?! It looks like month-long solos could replace the weight-watchers diet.

I'd also be interested in what food she had and what treats she looked forward to!
Dave 88 - on 26 Apr 2012
In reply to matthewtraver:

Is that what Silvia uses, or a personal recommendation?
matthewtraver - on 26 Apr 2012
In reply to Dave 88:

Hey, it's what's shown on Silvia in the second picture of the article (and main picture on the front page) tied in to her harness and clipped to her chest harness.
Dave 88 - on 26 Apr 2012
In reply to matthewtraver:

Ah right. Cheers for that, not familiar with it, I'll have to look up how it works. Thanks mate.
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