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Dani Arnold Free Solos Cima Grande and Sets New Speed Record

In September 2019, Dani Arnold sets a new record time at the Cima Grande. He climbs the 550-meter north face over the Comici-Dimai route in 46 minutes 30 seconds. The 35 years old now holds the speed record on four of Europe’s six major north faces.

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Dani Arnold climbed the Comici-Dimai route three times with friends and carefully prepared himself before tackling the north face of the Cima Grande on September 5, 2019 for his speed record—writing history again. The legendary 550-meter-long, partly overhanging mountain face is one of the peaks of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, a striking massif in the Sexten Dolomites, Italy.

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On the day of his speed record, the conditions were anything but easy: “The rock is not really solid and due to the many climbs of other parties quite slippy, almost polished,” explained Arnold. While an experienced party needs six to seven hours to ascend the route, the 35- year-old reached the top after around 46 minutes and therefore beat the previous record by almost 20 minutes.

The Swiss climber overtook two teams on the wall and another one at the summit—just before he stood at the very top, overwhelmed by his feelings: “This success means a lot to me. Less than two months ago, I was on my first eight-thousander. If you are into climbing, you know you won’t be in your best shape and rather tired after such an expedition. Getting so fit again in this short time is just cool,” Arnold said.

How proud the Swiss is of his performance, he revealed with a wink: “Almost all the great mountaineers have left their mark on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo—now I’m part of them.”