Andreas Bindhammer, Big Hammer and PunktX
Andreas Bindhammer from Germany has carried out the first repeats of Big Hammer 9a at the Pinswang in Austria and PunktX 9a/9a+ at the Gorges du Loup, France.
Making the most of good autumn conditions Andreas Bindhammer has carried out the first repeat of "Big Hammer" 9a at the Pinswang in Austria. The route had been first ascended in November 2005 by his brother Christian and the powerful crux had shunned all potential repeaters until Andreas' 10 November redpoint.
The German climber is clearly on great form: just a fortnight earlier Andeas had carried out the first repeat of PunktX, Alexandre Chabot’s summer 2007 testpiece at the Gorges du Loup, France which weighs in at around 9a/9a+ and was also repeated a few days later by, well, make a guess...
Andreas Bindhammer, PunktX, Sector Deversè, Gorges du Loup, France