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Simon Anthamatten repeats Vertical Limits

20.02.2003 by

On Sunday 16 February the young Swiss ice climber Simon Anthamatten made a swift second ascent of Robert Jasper's "Vertical Limits".

On Sunday 16 February the young Swiss ice climber Simon Anthamatten made a swift second ascent of Robert Jasper's "Vertical Limits" M12 at Kandersteg, Switzerland.

The 20 year-old climbed the 35m overhanging mixed traverse on just his 7th try in an epic 40 minute fight. Although unable to confirm the grade due to his current lack of top level experience, he commented that "the route is really hard!"

His younger brother Samuel is currently working the route and, if his first on-sight attempt to within 5m of the lip is anything to go by, success should be just around the corner... Stay tuned.


Ticklist Simon Anthamatten (1983):
Vertical limit m12, Kandersteg, 7th try
Thomahawk m11-, Sulwald, 2nd try
Twin Towers m10, Kandersteg, FA
White out m10, Sulwald, 1st on-sight ascent
Slice of scheiss m10-, Kandersteg, FA
Pima m9+, Val Savaranche, flash
Crack Baby WI6 (350m), Kandersteg, first leashless ascent

Ticklist Samuel Anthamatten (1986):
Twin towers m10, Kandersteg
Slice of scheiss m10-, 1st on-sight ascent, Kandersteg
Pink Panther m9+/10-, Kandersteg, flash
Flash m9+, Kandersteg, on-sight
Pima m9+, Kandersteg, 4th try


Simon Anthamatten making the first repeat of "Vertical limits" M12 E2.
Photo by Ulrich Prinz
Jasper climbs Vertical limits M12
Photos of Anthermatten's ascent

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