Barbara Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher have climbed Odyssee in a single-push from the ground. It’s the most difficult route up the north face of the Eiger.
It first climbed by Roger Schaeli, Robert Jasper and Simon Gietl in 2015, it’s graded 5.13c and climbs 1,400 metres of rock.
It took Zangerl and Larcher four days to free Odyssee where they both led the hard pitches.
They brought a portaledge and would send a crux and then return for a night. They sent the 33 pitches in a single ground-up push.
“We had just four days time between some obligations, but we really wanted to try this beautiful route,” said Larcher on Instagram.
“So we didn’t check the weather and we just went for it. We started in the rain, climbed some very wet pitches, shared a single ledge, got all our bivy gear wet and rapped down in the rain.
“We almost had to bail, but we kept the motivation and the hope high and eventually everything went well. After four days we managed to both free climb this outstanding line, living another cool adventure together.”
Just a few weeks ago, Zangerl and Larcher climbed Deep Blue Sea and Magic Mushroom on the Eiger. Read about it here.
It was always a big dream to climb a route on the famous Eiger northface. But it is not easy to find a perfect weather window with good conditions for the long routes. So it can turn out to be a real serious adventure. Exactly how it felt to free climb all 33pitches to the top of “Odyssee”. Unforgettable experience. Some wet pitches scared us like hell and we were close to give up on some points. At the end the whole adventure went out pretty lucky and we completed a “all free” ascent in 4 days for both of us. Super happy!!! High five for @rogerschaeli @robertjasperextremeclimber and @gietlsimon for this amazing route they put up and “team-freeclimbed” in 2015 as the hardest „freeclimb“ on the Eiger! #tired #liveclimbrepeat #bdofficeibksingleledgeadventure Big thanks for @paolosartophoto for joining us and taking some stunning pics.