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Watch Auer’s Scary and Cringeworthy Rappel

Hansjorg Auer is one of the Europe’s top all-round alpine and big wall climbers. He spends a lot of time soloing big routes, sometimes rock climbing, sometimes ice/mixed climbing.

In this video, he needs to down-climb a winter route he was trying to solo. Around half-way through the video, he slings a tiny frozen stone and rappels off of it.

“Climbed my first summit of a 3,000-metre peak by fair means in 1990,” said Auer. “I put on climbing shoes 1996 and started my carreer as a professional climber in 2009 when I quit teaching kids at secondary school.” He received the Paul Preuss prize in 2016. Enjoy!