Nina Caprez and Marc le Menestrel Repeat Old Swiss Route
Swiss climber Nina Caprez and French climber Marc le Menestrel have climbed Hannibals Alptraum in the Ratikon Mountains of Switzerland.
The difficult route was first climbed in 1986 by Martin Scheel and Robert Bosch and ascends to the right of the popular hard route called Silbergeier 5.14, which Caprez had previously sent.
Hannibals Alptraum was climbed ground up and Caprez and Menestrel agree the crux three pitches, of the five total, get 5.13b. But, Caprez insists in an interview with Planet Mountain that the grade does not speak to it’s route-finding or committing run-outs. Visit here for the Hannibals Alptraum topo.
It was Caprez’s third attempt at the hard route, which climbs a smooth limestone wall. In 2014, we featured an interview with Caprez in Gripped Magazine’s summer issue that focused on her long-standing project called Orbayu, a 5.14b big wall-style sport route in Spain.
When asked by Planet Mountain if she would return this year, Caprez said, “No. Orbayu was and is a really important chapter in my climbing career, but it’s definitely over now.”
Read the full interview by Planet Mountain here.
Watch Caprez and Cedric Lachat on Orbayu:
ORBAYU – Nina Caprez and Cédric Lachat from Fulvio Mariani on Vimeo.