The world of drytooling has a number of iconic hard routes, one of which was recently first climbed by Canadian Gord McArthur in B.C. called Storm Giant.
Two of the sport’s top climbers are Jeff Mercier, who is also a leading alpinist and guide, and Angelika Rainer, an all-round crusher.
Voilà, je sais désormais compter jusqu'à 15. En plus, je n'avais appris la leçon qu'une seule fois et une heure avant ! Je reconnais qu'il m'a fallu 40 bonnes minutes d'effort intense pour y arriver mais c'est fait ! Merci @tom.ballard pour cette ligne sans fin (27 dégaines !!! ) . Belle session de 3 journées au coeur des Dolomites avec @pierrick_fine , @angelika_rainer et le maître des lieux . 📷: (C) Ballard. #wearerab #climbing #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #hard #drytooling #dolomiti #italy
While neither only focuses on drytooling, the spend their should seasons working on hard routes.
French climber Mercier spent a few days in October climbing in the Dolomites. A few years ago, he climbed Low G-Man D14 at Dus del Quait in Italy.
It took him only a few days to take down Tom Ballard’s A Line Across the Sky, one of the world’s hardest drytool climbs at D15.
Mercier noted on Facebook that he’s looking forward to visiting Canada soon. His goal is to repeat McArthur’s Storm Giant.
In the end, he spent 40 minutes leading the climb past 27 bolts to get a rare ascent of the giant roof line. The second ascent was by Gaetan Raymond a few days after Ballard’s in winter 2016.
Rainer, a leading competition climber, is working on climbing A Line Above the Sky. But between projecting sessions, she pieced together Je ne sais quio D14+, another Ballard line.
“I just climbed a D14+ today,” said Rainer on Instagram. “I would never have imagined climbing that path today. I just wanted to give my best and somehow I kept climbing and I surprised myself by chapando the chain.”
Tom Ballard congratuled rainer with a message on Instagram that read: “Angelika Rainer is getting close to the first female D15… it’s only a matter of time.”
Just climbed a D14+ today 😬 I would never have imagined to climb that route today, so early in the season. I just tried to give my best and somehow kept climbing and surprised myself by clipping the anchor! 😳😄👍 It’s always very motivating to climb with strong people, thanks for those two days Jeff, Pierrick and Tom and congrats @jeffmercier74 for sending a Line above the Sky!!! Thanks for the 📸 @tom.ballard the pic is from one of my first visits at the cave 2 years ago. . . . . #drytooling #mixedclimbing #climbing #dolomites #angelikarainer #dolomiti #dolomiten #klettern #arrampicata @berghausofficial @lasportivagram @grivel #kikuapples