Swiss climber Marcel Remy spent a day earlier this year climbing the northwest face of Miroir de l’Argentine 5.10 in Western Switzerland at age 94.
Marcel is the father of well-known climbers Yves and Claude Remy. Nearly 95 years old, Marcel still trains at the gym and is a member of the Swiss Alpine CLub.
In August, Marcel joined Claude and Yves for an ascent of the 12-pitch classic. “It was hard to explain our reservations about this route to him,” said Claude.
“He had already climbed it more than 200 times and it was where he took us in 1968 when we first started climbing. We were thinking that now, at his age, he barely had a 10 per cent chance of making it … but how could we get that across to him?”
They bivied at about 1,500 metres and started climbing at around 8:30 a.m. The route has fixed stations and a few bolts per pitch.
The father and son team reached the Haute Corde at 2,325 metres at 6:30 p.m. Marcel then met up with Jérémy Péclard for a tandem paraglide flight back to town.