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Alpine Ascent of the Season for Luka Lindic and Luka Krajnc

© Luka Krajnc

Slovenian alpinists Luka Lindic and Luka Krajnc have made what has been called 'the alpine ascent of the season' with an onsight and first free ascent of Rolling Stones on the north face of the Grandes Jorasses, Mont Blanc massif.

The famous 1100m route has now been free climbed at an approximate grade of M8 and F6a. The duo dispensed with the previous section of A3, thinking that the crux pitch "did not look too daunting...".

Luka Krajnc and Luka Lindic on Rolling Stones, Grandes Jorasses North Face  © Luka Krajnc
Luka Krajnc and Luka Lindic on Rolling Stones, Grandes Jorasses North Face
© Luka Krajnc

Luka Lindic leading a beautiful ice ribbon on Rolling Stones, Grandes Jorasses North Face  © Luka Krajnc
Luka Lindic leading a beautiful ice ribbon on Rolling Stones, Grandes Jorasses North Face
© Luka Krajnc
In the full write up on Petzl.com, Luka Lindic commented:

"After an entire winter of unstable weather I checked the forecast once again, just in case. Wow, the forecast looked great! I called Luka Krajnc, my partner from Slovenia and we were soon on our way to Chamonix. Our first plan was to climb the Gousseault-Desmaison route on the north face of the Grandes Jorasses. The day before we left we received information that two other parties were planning to climb the same route just before us. Since we are not particularly fond of the "herd effect," where several parties follow each other up the same route, we decided to change our objective and attempt Rolling Stones, an even harder route up the same face that had still yet to be free-climbed."

And speaking of the crux section, Luka said:

"After two steep pitches to warm up, we arrived at the belay below the route's hardest pitch, rated A3. Since it did not look too daunting, I managed to calm down and just go for it. The first part was straightforward with good protection. After an old rusty bolt the pitch steepened. To add to the challenge there were three huge loose blocks, a scary proposition since we were climbing with a single rope. Somewhat scared, I gingerly climbed up and around these blocks, choosing not to place any protection for a few meters. I could hear the blocks making strange noises as they shifted. After another few very careful minutes of climbing I was at the belay. Yes! I did it!"

Jon Griffith, Chamonix based alpinist and photographer commented: "This is by far the coolest ascent I have heard of anywhere in the Alps this winter, and really understated as usual..."

Luka Krajnc and Luka Lindic on Rolling Stones, Grandes Jorasses North Face  © Luka Krajnc
Luka Krajnc and Luka Lindic on Rolling Stones, Grandes Jorasses North Face
© Luka Krajnc


Luka Lindic is sponsored by: Alpine Association of Slovenia, Arc'teryx, Petzl and Vertikala X

Luka Krajnc is sponsored by: Alpine Association of Slovenia Black Diamond, Igloo Sport and Patagonia


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4 Apr, 2014
Now this is what I would term news. They make British understatement seem like out and out bragging!
5 Apr, 2014
Astounding. Well worth looking at the Petzl news piece for extra scary pictures. Those boys must be utterly nails!
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