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Video: Climbing a Steep Ice Climb With Hands Only

In 2011, Salvador Morales climbed the ice climb Meschuge WI6 100 metres in Ötztal, Austria without using any ice axes.

“Yes, yes, no axes! What should we call it? No tooling? Naked ice?” said Morales after the ascent. “I used no axes and climbed the stalactites, cauliflowers and cracks as if it were a rock climb. First I led it with ice tools, then I was ready. It was a scary 10 minutes of climbing.”