In 1994, Lynn Hill onsighted a 300-metre aid route in the Verdon called Mingus and graded it 5.13b. The first ascent was in 1986 by Cristophe Froifond and graded 5.12 A0.
Top Swiss climber Nina Caprez recently climbed the monster 12-pitch route with American Ann Raber. They spent three days replacing old 8mm bolts and working on the steep limestone line, which has had little attention over the past 25 years.
After her and Raber cleaned the route up, Caprez returned with Sam Hoffmann for the send.
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Verdon rocks! 🧗🏻♀️🧗🏻♀️🧗🏻♀️ Check out the new blog post about all the routes I recently climbed in the Verdon gorge. Including a detailed description of Mingus, 300m/8a, a historical line I rebolted together with Ann Raber. ➡️ link in profile. Enjoy the reading and some great pictures of @sambie_photography 📸 Hulkosaure, 8b #noplacetoofar #scarpaclimb #gorgesduverdon #rockclimbing @scarpaspa @petzl_official @arcteryx @julbo_eyewear @hard.bar @lyofood
On her blog, Caprez send, “So now I hope that you will get excited from these words and that Mingus will see many attempts in the future.
“It’s totally worth the trip and the fight! Hats off once again to Lynn Hill, who climbed the route onsight in 1994.” Full story here.
Watch Caprez and Babsi Zangerl on The Neverending Story 5.13c, a big multi-pitch in the Raikon.