Blog archive for August 2013

Hard Eiger routes climbed free

22 August 2013
Jasper and Schaeli on the Eiger north face, Ghillini Piola route

A long way from the Himalaya...

It's been a busy month on the north face of the Eiger, perhaps because it's the 75th anniversary of the first ascent of the Swiss mountain wall.

On 3 August Robert Jasper (Germany) and Roger Schaeli (Switzerland) made the first free ascent of the Ghillini-Piola Direttissima. A week or two later Calum Muskett and Scottish climber Dave Macleod made the third free ascent of the nearby sport route Paciencia, technically probably the hardest route on the mountain.