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Nina Caprez in the Rätikon with Jonathan Crison after her repeat of Headless Children
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Nina Caprez in Rätikon repeats Headless Children

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Swiss rock climber Nina Caprez has made the third free ascent of Headless children, the beautiful and difficult multi-pitch rock climb in the Rätikon massif in Switzerland.

Nina Caprez has returned to one of her favourite stomping grounds, the Rätikon massif in Switzerland where she has pulled off the third ascent of Headless children. Established two decades ago by Marco Müller, Koni Mathis and Bruno Rüdisser and then freed by Mark Amann, this 260 meter multi-pitch sports climb dropped off the radar until 2016, when Austria’s Kilian Fischhuber made the second free ascent and confirmed both its beauty and 8b difficulties.

Banking on her previous Rätikon experience, which has resulted in ascents such as Die Unendliche Geschichte with Barbara Zangerl, Hannibals Alptraum with Marc le Menestrel and Silbergeier with Cedric Lachat, Caprez touted with Headless Children for about four days last year and invested another three this month prior to the redpoint with Jonathan Crison.

In related news, earlier this summer Caprez travelled to Madagascar with France’s Mélissa Le Nevé, their sights set on Tough Enough high above the Tsaranoro Valley. While the route first climbed in a single day by Adam Ondra in 2010 proved a touch too tricky this time, if things go according to plan the Swiss-French duo will return next season to set the record straight.

Links: FB Nina Caprezwww.ninacaprez.chPetzlSCARPAArc'teryx, stefankuerzi.com


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