|On 1 July Josune Bereziartu and Rikar Otegui made the first free ascent of Yeah man on the north face of the Gran Pfad, in the Swiss Gastlosen mountain range. |
The two spent 11 days, spread out over a month of awful weather, to free the 300m route. It was originally established in 1999 by the Swiss mountain guides Francoise Studemann and Guy Scherrer, but had only been free up to the fourth pitch.
Bereziartu and Otegui, no newcomers to hard redpoints or multi-pitch routes, commented: the eighth pitch is the hardest... almost 50 meters long and pumpy. Its sustained, pretty overhanging, crimpy... Really impressive.
Next stop Rätikon, to check out Beat Kammerlanders Silbergeier and Wögü?