What are your dreams? For top American climbers Sasha DiGiulian and Carlo Traversi, their dream was to climb the Eiger Nordwand.
As successful sport climbers looking to step outside of their respective comfort zones they were motivated to challenge themselves on one of the most iconic mountains in the world.
The route of choice was Paciencia 5.13b 900 metres, the hardest route on the mountain at the time.
After three weeks of failed attempts due to wet and snowy conditions they were forced to make a decision. Continue with the original objective or attempt a neighbouring route that offered drier rock.
They opted for climbing over waiting and turned their attention to Magic Mushroom 5.13a 600 metres, which starts halfway up the north face.
Three long days of effort culminated in the first American ascents by the team and DiGiulian became the first woman to climb the route.