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Christoph Schranz on his Ocha-Schau-Schuich (8c, 300m), first ascended ground-up and rope-solo on Hohe Munde in the Tyrol, Austria
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Christoph Schranz and Michaela Koller on Ocha-Schau-Schuich (8c, 300m), first ascended ground-up and rope-solo on Hohe Munde in the Tyrol, Austria
Photo by Hannes Mair / www.alpsolut.com
Christoph Schranz on his Ocha-Schau-Schuich (8c, 300m), first ascended ground-up and rope-solo on Hohe Munde in the Tyrol, Austria
Photo by Hannes Mair / www.alpsolut.com
The route line of Ocha-Schau-Schuich (8c, 300m), first ascended ground-up and rope-solo by Christoph Schranz on Hohe Munde in the Tyrol, Austria
Photo by Hannes Mair / www.alpsolut.com

Christoph Schranz makes rope-solo first ascent of 8c multipitch on Hohe Munde, Austria

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Austrian mountain guide Christoph Schranz has established, and subsequently freed, Ocha-Schau-Schuich, a 300m multi-pitch alpine climb graded 8c on Hohe Munde in Tyrol, Austria

30-year-old Austrian mountain guide Christoph Schranz has made the ground-up, rope-solo first ascent of Ocha-Schau-Schuich, an approximately 300-meter long multi-pitch climb up the Kolosseum face of Hohe Munde in Tyrol, Austria .

Schranz, who has previously redpointed 8c+ and 8b trad, and who has new routes to his name from Kyrgyzstan to India, established the route over a period of 20 days spread out over three years. He returned with Michaela Koller for the first free ascent.

With pitches graded 8a, 8b, 8b+ and 8c Ocha-Schau-Schuich, which means fear of heights in the local dialect, certainly won't be witnessing many repeats in the near future. Also because, despite being partially protected by bolts, according to Schranz his new line in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps that offers "numerous hard sequences on traditional gear."

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