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Jacopo Larcher Repeats One of World’s Hardest Trad Climbs

Switzerland's Into the Sun was first climbed by Bernd Zangerl at 5.14c

Top trad and big wall climber Jacopo Larcher has made the second ascent of Bernd Zangerl’s difficult gear-protected route Into the Sun 5.14c in Murgtal, Switzerland.

Larcher, who spent his summer attempting to free a route on Trango Tower in Pakistan, recently visited Italy where he made the first ascent of a 5.14 crack. In 2018, he visited Canada and made a quick repeat of The Path 5.14a trad.

At 17 metres high and 20 metres long, Into the Sun has two V12 boulder cruxes that lead to a large sloper and an often damp crack. Once at the crack, a few cams can be placed nine metres off the deck before continuing to the top. Watch the first ascent by Zangerl below.

Some of the world’s hardest single-pitch gear climbs include Tribe 5.14+, Blackbeard’s Tears 5.14c, Meltdown 5.14c, Pura Pura 5.14c, Recovery Drink 5.14c, Rhapsody 5.14c and Magic Line 5.14b/c. For a list of the world’s hardest trad climbs visit here.

Into the Sun 5.14c