The Swiss climber Cédric Lachat gets another puzzle piece of his summer project: He succeeds in the ascent of the multi-pitch route Zahir (8b +, 300m) at the Wendenstöcke.
Announced at the beginning of the month, Cédric Lachat successfully climbed the multi-pitch route Zahir at Wendenstöcke. Except for the key length, Cédric climbed all lengths onsight. Even the 8b + did not cause much trouble to the Swiss. He checked out the moves in the first attempt and then redpointed the length in the second go.
“The hardest part was dealing with the pain in my fingers. The handles are super small and very sharp. "Cédric Lachat on the commission of Zahir at the Wendenstöcken
The route Zahir (8b +, 300m) was established by the Swiss Iwan Wolf and Gunter Habersatter in the years 1996 to 2004 and 2006 first ascended. Zahir is the hardest route at the Wendenstöcke.
A first repetition was made by the two German Jörg Andreas and Felix Neumärker in 2009. The two climbers lengthened the third pitch during their ascent, which increased the grade to 8c. A next repetition was made by the Pou brothers in the year 2010, where the two Spaniards again climbed the original line of the first ascentionists.
Video about the summer project Swissway to Heavon by Cédric Lachat
The brothers Pou at the first repetition of the original line of Zahir
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Credits: Cover picture Marc Daviet Photography