A Different Ondra! 11 pitch F8b+

Czech climber Ondra Benes has completed a rare redpoint of The End of Silence (F8b+ 11 pitches), the Thomas Huber route in Germany that is still considered one of the hardest multipitch rock climbs in the Alps, 14 years after Huber first did it.

This was the second route of the so-called Alpine Trilogy climbed by Benes, who did Beat Kammerlander's six-pitch Silbergeier (5.14a) in Switzerland in 2006. Only two climbers, Stefan Glowacz and the late Harald Berger, have climbed all three routes in the trilogy, which also includes Glowacz's route Des Kaisers neue Kleider (F8b+, 9 pitches) in Austria.

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