Weekend Whipper: Europe’s Hardest Crack Spits Back
In 2003, Swiss crack-master-turned-monk Didier Berthod established what is considered to be Europe’s hardest crack climb–Greenspit (5.14a)–named
for the green bolt-hangers that lined the crack since the 1980’s until Berthod chopped the bolts and made the first ascent on gear. This 40-foot roof
crack lies in the scenic Valle d’Orco of Italy, and is often tried. In 2009, the indefatigable Stevie Haston flashed the route with pre-placed gear.
In this Weekend Whipper, we witness a climber start the opening moves of Greenspit with his gear pre-placed as well, however, he quickly finds
out that a number 3 Camalot doesn’t quite fit!