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Ines Papert and Luka Lindic Open 12-Pitch 5.13b

The two top climbers made the first ascent in 2020, but conditions prevented them from freeing every pitch

Ines Papert and Luka Lindic have made the first free ascent of Wolke 7 on Hintere Feuerhörndl in the Berchtesgaden Alps of Germany. The two climbers established it ground-up in 2020.

Wolke 7 follows an obvious line up a 380-metre wall of solid limestone at 5.13b. Lindic first spotted the line while climbing the famous End of Silence 5.14a on the same wall. Papert and Lindic established it ground-up using 17 bolts, pitons and trad gear.

The two got married in the summer of 2020, so they named their 12-pitch route Wolke 7, which means Cloud 7, in reference to feeling like they were on cloud 9 after their first ascent. The wet conditions prevented them from making an all-free ascent. In 2021, Papert struggled on pitch-five and delayed the project until this year.

This summer, Papert spent two weeks working the sequences in hopes of sending before fall came. Alone, with Lindic and with her son, Emanuel, she was able to link big sections. After several days, she made a final push and with Lindic and they both freed every pitch.

Papert and Lindic have spent several seasons climbing in Canada over the past few decades. Earlier this year, they established a five-pitch 5.12a in the Ghost River Valley in the same style – read about it here. And in 2019, they joined Brette Harrington for the first ascent of The Sound of Silence VI M8 WI5 on the east face of Mount Fay in memory of Marc-André Leclerc – read about it here.