Alexander and Thomas Huber free the Zodiac
Thomas and Alexander Huber have freed the Zodiac on El Capitan, Yosemite, America
|It was no secret: the Huber brothers had their eyes and hearts set on El Capitan's Zodiac. And after working the route intensively earlier this summer (and setting a record speed ascent) Alexander Huber und Thomas Huber have now finally freed Yosemite's legendary 16 pitch route.
First climbed in 1972 by Chris Porter and graded A2 5.7, the Hubers topped out on 9 October after three days on the wall. Although the grade is still unknown, it is most probably in the upper 5.13 range.
In freeing the Zodiac the Hubers have, yet again, added their name to Yosemite's history books. Other significant free ascents include:
Salathe Wall 5.13b (1995)
Freerider 5.13a (1998)
El Nino 5.13c (1998)
Golden Gate 5.13b (2000)
El Corazon 5.13b (2001)