Babsi Zangerl climbs Silbergeier, 8b+ MPby Björn Pohl - UKC Jul/2013
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Barbara "Babsi" Zangerl has repeated Beat Kammerlander's ultra classic multi-pitch Silbergeier at Rätikon, Switzerland.
Babsi started trying the six pitch route (8b, 7c+, 8a+, 7a+, 8b+ and 7c ) together with Nina Caprez two years ago:
2 years ago I tried it with Nina...then I got a back injury from the crux move...I had to stop.
I started again this year. I think approximately 7 days this year.
Babsi also admits she was sometimes a bit scared on the notoriously run-out and technical route.
The back injury she mentions is the same that earlier forced her to quit bouldering after having done many problems in the 8A-8B range. After bouldering, she took up sport climbing and did routes up to 8c, before tagging along Hansjörg Auer when he repeated Pan Aroma for her first ever multi-pitch experience in 2010.
She now says her back has felt good for a long time and that she doesn't feel any pain what so ever when she is climbing. This is great news of course!
Last year she repeated Thomas Huber's 11 pitch The end of silence (7a+, 6a, 6c+, 6c, 7b+, 7c+, 7b+, 8b, 8b+, 7c+, 7a+) in the Berchtesgadener Alps.
Comparing the routes, she says:
The End of Silence is a little bit more alpine style...for me it took the same time. For my head End of Silence was more stressful, because the hard pitches at the end of the route...I had some falls....and in Silbergeier I had no fall yesterday.
This actually came as a surprise to her as she hadn't even managed to redpoint all the single pitches prior to the ascent.
Thanks Babsi and congrats on a perfect free ascent!