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Climbing Into His 90s, This Climber Was an Inspiration

Marcel Remy climbed mountains for over 80 years. After his death this summer, a short film was made to remember his many achievements

The Swiss mountaineer who won the world over for climbing well into his 90s died at the age of 99 earlier this year. Marcel Rémy, father of the famous climbers Yves and Claude Remy, was well-known for climbing big routes for over 80 years.

Italian climber Alessandro Filippini, said, “Farewell to the ‘Patriarch of the Cime,’ Marcel Remy, amateur Swiss mountaineer who became famous in his late (or maybe very late) age for his inexhaustible passion for the mountains.”

At 94, he climbed the West Face of Miroir d’Argentine in Switzerland, a 450-meter rock climb with a long approach. He then took a tandem paraglider flight back to the base. At 96 years old, he attempted to lead a 5.11 multi-pitch. This past winter, after turning 99, he led a 5.7.

Mammut recently release the below video as a tribute to Remy’s extraordinary life.

Marcel Remy