British climber Tim Emmett and Slovenian climber Klemen Premrl recently completed what is undoubtedly one of the most impressive ice/mixed routes in the world with their ascent of the grossly overhanging Spray On... Top at Helmken Falls, Canada.
The totally outrageous position of Spray On© Tim Emmett Collection
We met up with Tim whilst he was working on a Mountain Hardwear meet in the ice climbing Mecca of Cogne in Italy. Tim was giving his ice climbing wisdom to the lucky members of the Mountain Hardwear Academy
, which is a program in which members of the public apply to join the 'Academy' and get training and advice in all different aspects of climbing from Alpinism to sport climbing.
Tim was enthusing about Spray On... Top and gave us all the details. Given the way he made short work of onsighting the crux M11 pitch of the Cogne mixed classic Jedi Master, we think his gradings for Spray On... Top are probably pretty spot on.
Spray On... Top!
200m - 230m. The first pitch may be underground, this depends on the prevailing snow and ice conditions
(WI10), WI10, WI9, M6+, M8, M7, M9+, M6, M6
Tim Emmett on Jedi Master - M11 - Cogne, hanging off the BD Fusion 2s.© Jack Geldard
Tim Emmett climbing the classic grade 5 icefall of Joyeux Noel, Cogne© Jack Geldard
Tim Emmett© Jack Geldard
VIDEO: Tim Emmett Ice Climbing in Cogne and talking about Spray On... Top
Mountain Hardwear Academy members Aude Semay and Denise Bayard survived a climb with Tim...© Jack Geldard
Tim Emmett is sponsored by
Black Diamond ,
Mountain Hardwear ,
Adidas Eyewear ,
Sterling Rope .
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