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Josef Pfnür making the first repeat of Stone Age, put up by Thomas Huber on Untersberg, Berchtesgaden, Germany
Photo by Josef Pfnür
The magnificent south face of Untersberg, Berchtesgaden, Germany that hosts the multipitch Stone Age freed by Thomas Huber in 2019
Photo by Josef Pfnür

Josef Pfnür makes first repeat of Thomas Huber's 8b+ multipitch Stone Age

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German climber Josef Pfnür has made the first repeat of Stone Age, established by Thomas Huber on Untersberg in the Berchtesgaden Alps, Germany in 2019

On 8 November 2020 German climber Josef Pfnür carried out the first repeat of Stone Age, the multi-pitch climb first ascended and subsequently freed by Thomas Huber in November 2019 on Untersberg in the Berchtesgaden Alps, Germany. The six-pitch outing boasts difficulties up to 8b+, with the crux right at the end of the very last pitch.


Pfnür started climbing 14 years and although he has repeated several difficult multi-pitches in the past, such as the famous Scaramouche on Hoher Göll in 2016, Stone Age is certainly his hardest route to date.

Writing to planetmountain, the 30-year-old explained "this year I wanted to go on a climbing trip to Brazil but the Coronavirus crisis thwarted these plans and so I looked for a project close to home. Stone Age sprung to mind, freed by Thomas Huber in 2019; he had raved about it last year. After a couple of days working the line I managed to climb all the sections, but linking it all and completing the route without a fall was going to be a real challenge. The right moment came on 8 November: the sun was shining, there was a slight breeze and I actually managed to climb all the pitches without falling! My utmost respect goes to Thomas Huber, for still climbing so hard at the age of 53. I just hope that when I’m his age, I’ll have the same drive and will manage to climb as hard as he does."

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