Bullock and Emmett - Hard Iceby Ray Wood - DMM Jan/2009
This news story has been read 27,082 times
Combining Nick Bullock's drive and determination with the energy of the perpetually hyper-driven Tim Emmett was always likely to result in something impressive. Teaming up in Chamonix just before New Year, they repeated the legendary Thierry Renault ice-route, La Lyre, in a long day.
The 550 metre mighty VI WI 7 in the Cirque Fer a Cheval above Sixt was first climbed in 1992 by Renault, Denis Condevaux and Wilfred Colonna. At the time it was considered by many to be the hardest ice-route in the world.
Bullock commented: "I'm not surprised Thierry gave up climbing and found religion at the end of that winter! There is no technical ice grade harder than seven."
Full report with photo on the DMM website.
For more background on The Lyre and the history of Cirque Fer a Cheval have a look at Lindsay Griffin's write-up over at thebmc.co.uk.
Over the hill? The wrong side of 40? Too many birthdays? Age is often used as an excuse to slow down and pursue less adventurous... Read more
British climbers Matt Burdekin and Tom Ripley have made the first ascent of a new line on the East Face of Aguja Bifida Sur... Read more
Tim Emmett and Slovenian climber Klemen Premrl have established a remarkable new line at Helmcken Falls in Canada, which the pair... Read more