The day before Christmas in 2017, the Swiss alpinist Dani Arnold took ropeless ice climbing to the next level: in just an hour and three minutes, Arnold onsight free soloed Beta Block Super, a 1,000-foot WI 7 route on the Breitwangfluh above Kanderstag, Switzerland.
After completing the climb, Arnold wrote a post on his blog, portions of which were translated into English at Planetmountain.com as follows:
Why did I do this? One of the hardest and most dangerous climbs in the Alps, climbed without a rope a so quickly? It’s hard to find an answer and even now, a few days after my ascent, I still really don’t know why. One thing is certain though: doing it one day was my huge goal and dream. I don’t want to downplay the risk and the enormous danger, I also love my life. But I also love my dreams and ideas. And that’s why it was important to me and I’m proud of it. Full stop. …
This project is of utmost importance to me. I love ice climbing. And this isn’t just yet another record, but an absolute highlight. I’ve made one of my biggest dreams come true. The world obviously hasn’t changed as a result. And my life and the joy I get from taking to the mountains is unchanged. And that’s good, because what’s really important is to be healthy, happy and content!