|At the start of January two Swiss climbers, 19-year old Gabriel Grünenwald and 23-year old Simon Oswald, made the first and second full repeat of The Flying Circus, Robert Jaspers multi-pitch M10 at the Breitwangfluh, Kandersteg. |
The four pitch route had not come into condition since Jasper freed the line in 1998, but freezing temperatures this January finally enabled the hanging drips to form sufficiently. Although the belays are bolted, in-situ pegs are few and far between meaning that the pitches must be equipped with natural pro. The two climbers checked out the route for two days prior to their successful redpoints, on January 12 and January 14 respectively. According to the duo The Flying Circus is one of the most impressive and wildest routes they have ever climbed. And to think that it dates way back to 1998!
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|photos: repeat of The Flying Circus M10 |
Photo: Gruenenwald collection