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Cédric Lachat Sends WoGü 5.14b and Big Whipper

Cédric Lachat became the fourth climber to redpoint the seven-pitch Swiss route this summer

Cédric Lachat made a rare repeat of the 5.14b multi-pitch WoGü in Rätikon, Switzerland, this summer. Lachat said that climbing the pitches in one push, along with a film crew was challenging. He said other intense factors were “the heat, the rain, the storms, the cold, the physical pain, the lack of skin, the fear and the lack of sleep.”

In the below clip, he takes a big whipper, which pulls belayer Nina Caprez upwards. It demonstrates what whipping on a multi-pitch looks like.

WoGü was first climbed by Beat Kammerlander and H. Schleichl and P. Mathias in 1997 and named WoGü as a tribute to Wolfgang Güllich.

It wasn’t until 2008 that it was freed by Adam Ondra and Pietro dal Prà. Ondra said the pitches go as: 5.14b, 5.13a, 5.14a/b, 5.13d, 5.13c, 5.13c and 5.13a, which makes it one of the hardest multi-pitches in the Alps. The route has also been repeated by Edu Marin and Roland Hemetzberger.

Lachat had previously climbed two other big Kammerlander routes at Rätikon: Orbayu 5.14b and Silbergeier 5.14a.