Riegler brothers redpoint Pandora at Mandrea di Laghel, Arco
On Sunday 13 March 2016 Martin Riegler and Florian Riegler repeated Pandora, the route they had established in 2008 up the Mandrea di Laghel face above Arco, Italy. This recent climb may well be the route’s first free ascent.
Almost eight years after their first ascent of Pandora up the Mandrea di Laghel face, Martin Riegler and his brother Florian Riegler have returned to Arco (Italy) to repeat the line they forged ground-up to the left of the obvious Gabrieli pillar. At the time the brothers had freed all the single pitches, but according to recent research, this series of slabs and overlaps up predominantly excellent rock had never been climbed free in a single push.
For this reason the two decided to return to their route and after having checked out the 12-move crux through the roof on pitch 3, on Sunday 13 March they redpointed the line, swinging leads.
Grade: 6c+, 7c, 8b, 7a, 7b, 6c, 6b, (6a)
Note: excellent rock quality, except for the last 6a pitch. The first ascentionists recommend abseiling before this pitch, to avoid rockfall