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360 Ascent - The world's longest artificial multi-pitch route Video

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Presumably taking inspiration from legendary climber Fred Dibnah, top competition climbers Janja Garnbret and Domen Škofic take on an unlikely challenge in this video; climbing the tallest artificial multi-pitch route in the world on Europe's highest chimney at Slovenia's Trbovlje Power Station.

A team of international routesetters including Katja Vidmar and Simon Margon use two tonnes of climbing holds, drilling between 4000-5000 holds in the chimney, excavating some of the surface of the building along the way.

The route was one of Garnbret and Škofic's first multi-pitch climbs and the world-class duo seem slightly out of their element on the 360m tower.


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27 Jan

Could definitely have been climbed on gear.

27 Jan

Could have saved a lot of money and effort and just climbed an actual multi-pitch route.

I'm sure there is plenty knocking about in Slovenia.

The lengths Red Bull will go to ey..

Obviously artifical and commercial, but a nice film and good to see the satisfaction they seem to have got from pushing themselves into something more intimidating and challenging than many competition climbers do.

27 Jan

This is pretty much exactly what I thought of this. It is a credit to the makers that they didn't go overboard with the "worlds hardest" and "world's first" and "Constant danger" and so on like many other films are wont to. It's also nice that the climbers don't seem to be hamming it up, they look genuinely terrified on the first try (as I'm darn sure I would if my first multi-pitch was 350m high and completely exposed on every side!).

It was quite funny to see such incredibly strong and talented climbers learning multi-pitch rope management like beginners, such a strange juxtaposition (pretty sure Janja actually gets shortroped for first dyno, it does look rather like it).

28 Jan

Heehee, could be the future as so many people who've come into climbing on plastic want to have a go outside. All those cooling towers available as power stations get switched off!

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