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New Bold M9- WI6+ in Kyrgyzstan is 21 Pitches Long

Dry Ice Queen is one of the most difficult alpine climbs in the Tien Shan mountains

The Kookshal Too Valley in Kyrgyzstan has several big walls that have yet to be climbed. Two Slovakian climbers have just returned from the range, located in the Tien Shan mountains, after ascending a difficult new alpine line.

Juraj Svingal and Marek Radovsky established the 900-metre Dry Ice Queen, a 21-pitch M9- WI6+, on Mount Zabor (5,080 m), which puts it as one of the technically hardest big wall climbs in the country.

The two climbers spent 13 days in the backcountry and 23 hours on the climb, which they managed to send in a push. “We didn’t even know if we would be able to break through the hard places from the bottom,” Radovsky said. “Finally, it went on the first try and it wasn’t easy.”