Austrian climbers Hansjörg Auer and Much Mayr have made the first ascent of a new multipitch route named Le Petit Prince (8a, 400m) up the West Face of Capu Cascioni in Corsica. The pair spent one day opening the route, two days practising it and then made the first free ascent last Friday.
French climber Arnaud Petit reportedly told the Austrian team about the potential for the harsh granite line, which consists of only 12 bolts over 12 pitches excluding belays.
The pitches are graded as follows:
5c, 7b+/c, 6a, 8a, 6c+, 6a+, 6b, 7c, 6b, 7b+, 6b, 5c.
Last Autumn, the pair began work on the route but never completed it after three days of ground-up climbing and returned home.
Hansjörg and Much have climbed numerous new routes together in locations around the world, from Paine Tower in Patagonia to the Marmolada in the Dolomites.
Read this UKC Interview to find out more about Hansjörg and Much.