Nalle Hukkataival has teamed up with fellow Finn Tomi Nytorp and repeated Beat Kammerlander's 1993 über classic multi-pitch Silbergeier at the Kirchlispitze, Rätikon, Switzerland.
It should be said that Nalle is no stranger to highballs, but the 240m (8b, 7c+, 8a+, 7a+, 8b/+, 7c+) Silbergeier is tall even by his standards.
I climbed the whole route free on June 21st, after having checked out the pitches briefly over 3 days. Quite the experience as it was my first real multi-pitch!
Any plans to highball it now?
Ha, ha, not anytime soon...
What did you find the hardest?
Doing it all in a day for sure. I lack that kind of all-day endurance having only tried the same 6 moves on my boulder project for the last month. I only fell once and it almost cost me the send. My foot slipped past the crux on the second last and the hardest pitch. That wasted a lot of energy...
Tomi also freed most of the pitches, just taking one fall on each of the last two pitches, but kept climbing.