Robert Jasper's dry tooling season couldn't have been better! After his first ascent of Vertical Limits (M12 E2) at the start of January, the German mountain guide travelled to Switzerland's Basler Jura to try his old project "Batman". Last year he fell off the last hard move, then the warm weather "melted away" any chances of success. However this February the 35m stamina testpiece was in perfect conditions; after a fight through the wildly overhanging 20m roof, Jasper passed the crux onto the ice to finish swiftly up the final meters. Suggested grade: M12 E1. Not bad!
His most recent performance is not bad either - an on-sight ascent of "Mission Impossible". This route has in many ways become a testpiece for the "elite", and Robert Jasper equalled Dimitri Bytchkov's ascent a few weeks ago, climbing the route straight off and without any errors whatsoever. As Robert says, for a route of this calibre "total concentration, technical ability, a lot of experience and obviously a great deal of luck make the difference between success or failure."
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