Bullock and Emmett - Hard Iceby Ray Wood - DMM Jan/2009
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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.