North Face (Ertl route) 3900 m (pictured)
After several training ice climbs I felt the
time was ripe to attempt the challenging Ortler North Face. The mental
strain the eve before was tremendous but eventually we found the highest
ice wall in the East Alps (3500 ft) in the best condition and climbed
most of it without the rope.
Picture (E1 5b), Shorn Cliff,
After a 10 year climbing break (and significantly less hair on my head),
I lead again what had used to be my limit.
The best VS in the world? Yes.
Tree Grove (VS 4c), Black Rocks