New 400-metre M13 WI6 in Swiss Alps
This is now one of the most difficult multi-pitch mixed routes at this length in the world
High above Kandersteg in the Swiss Alps is one of the most difficult mixed-route in the world. Ron Koller discovered and developed the route eight years ago. Earlier this month, Swiss mountain guide Yannick Glatthard made the first ascent of Hall of Fame, a 400-metre M13 WI6+.
“Good climbing conditions are rare,” he said. “Very often you will find no ice on the lower parts and no ice pillars higher up. After a couple of very cold nights, I finally found almost perfect climbing conditions. It took two attempts for me to reach the top. Losing an ice tool high up during my first try made me quite angry but helped to be fully prepared for the second attempt.”
This is now one of the most difficult routes at this length in the world. Watch Glatthard on the FA below.