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Silbergeier 8b+ for Robbie Phillips

Scottish climber Robbie Phillips has made the second British ascent of the 240m 6-pitch 8b+ Silbergeier in the Ratikon, Switzerland with climbing partner Willis Morris. Silbergeier is one of the most famous hard multipitch climbs in the Alps, and was first climbed by Beat Kammerlander back in the early 1990's.

The approach scramble to the base of Silbergeier, 194 kb
The approach scramble to the base of Silbergeier
© Calum Muskett

Robbie was initially working the route with Australian climber Monique Forrestier a few weeks back, but poor weather conditions delayed their efforts and Willis replaced Monique after she returned home. Robbie freed the route on his first redpoint push to the top. 

The route consists of six very long and technical pitches of 8b/+ - 7c+ - 8a+ - 7a - 8b+ - 7c+ with some bold runouts. The first British ascent was made by young Welsh climber Wiz Fineron in June last year. Nina Caprez of Switzerland made the first female ascent alongside Cedric Lachat and their climb was made into an amusing short film, featured below.

Last year Robbie climbed Bellavista X+, 8b+ on the Tre Cime in the Dolomites (UKC News Report), making Silbergeier his second hard alpine multipitch ascent to date.

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Robbie is sponsored by: Edelrid, Evolv, J├Âttnar and Ratho - EICA

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