While some climbers appear to make a seamless transition from plastic to stone, for most of us there is a gulf of difference between these two contrasting vertical media. Of course, there’s no substitute for experience, but nonetheless a few key tips can minimize those early-season problems.
Despite a damp start to the Yosemite season, Zangerl closed out her time in the Valley with an exclamation point.
After working it a bit on toprope, Cope took the climb down on just her third lead attempt.
The 2013 and 2014 Freeride World Tour Women's Ski Champion has made the second female ascent of the Beat Kammerlander trad testpiece Prinzip Hoffnung, 5.14 R.
In August, Barbara Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher made a four-day ascent of Odyssee (8a+/5.13c), a 33-pitch, 1,400-meter-long route on the legendary Eiger north face, Switzerland. The route was originally established by Roger Schaeli and Robert Jasper, and then completed with Simon Gietl in 2015.
Rock and Ice caught up with Zangerl to talk about her first female ascent of Sonnie Trotter's The Path (5.14a R) in the Canadian Rockies
The Austrian climber has conquered her first 9a (5.14d), Speed Intégrale, in Voralpsee, Switzerland.