German climber Robert Jasper, 51, has made the first ascent of the new 11-pitch Meltdown on the north face of the Eiger. The first time he climbed the north face was in 1985 at the age of 17.
Meltdown climbs the looker’s right side of the north face on the Geneva Pillar. It goes at 5.12a and he climbed it alone, rope-soloing the mixed pitches protected by pitons, gear and bolts. He’s rope-soloed a number of multi-pitch routes in the past. Jasper will be heading to Patagonia this winter.
“I’ve called my new route Meltdown because I’m alarmed at how rapidly the ice and snowfields are transforming. During the last summers the snowfields had completely vanished for the first time in mountaineering history. It really is time for all of us to do our bit and take steps towards battling climate change. Otherwise it will be too late, not only for our mountains, but also for our future.”
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MELTDOWN 7a+ my new route at the right part of the #eigernorthface ropesolo – redpoint. Climbing on my own gives me peace and puts me on the spot like nothing else! I'm living the moment! Every move has to be well considered! The ringing of the cowbells are the tippical sound of the #Eiger in the summer time! Thanks for taking the pictures to @nicolashojac He filmed and took pictures with me a few days later 😉 Thanks for the support to my sponsors : @muehle_glashuette @naturenergie @marmot_mountain_europe @lowa.outdoor @goretexeu @petzl_official @loebloc_die_boulderhalle …………………………. #mindthemountains #explore #explorewildly #outdooradventures #whatgivesyoulive #naturenergie #accgram #petzlgram #lowa #goretex #marmotteam #klettern #bergsteigen #berge #ride100percent #soloclimbing #bergsteigen #mountaineering