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Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll Climbs Run-Out Splitters in Czech

The cracks require a range of techniques and can only be protected using rope and slings

Belgian climber Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll climbs the Teplice Trilogy at Adršpach in the Czech Republic in one day. The three route ascend splitters and finish atop sandstone towers. Some of them were climbed back in the 1950s.

“It’s a beautiful challenge,” said Villanueva O’Driscoll. The three offwidth cracks that make up the collection, are: Údolní on Hláska Tower, Prásknutí bičem (Whiplash) on Věž Jardy Berana Tower and Muší spára on Lahvičk Tower.

You can’t use metal gear to protect the cracks, because it damages the rocks, so instead you use ropes tied into balls that wedge into constrictions like a nut or hex. Some of the cracks have ring bolts, but all of the routes are run-out and heady.

Villanueva O’Driscoll visited the area three years ago and made a first ascent. Watch below.

Teplice Trilogy

First Ascent