The Gondo Crack is a 17-meter long tear line, which was set up at the end of the 90 years by the two Italians Allesandro Manini and Maurizio Pellizzon. Since then the route waited for a free ascent. At the beginning of April, the Austrian Barbara Zangerl and the Italian Jacopo Larcher took the first free ascent. Your suggestion: 8c.
The Gondo Crack is a beautiful crack line in the Cippo sector of Gondo, where big names like British crack climbing specialist Tom Randell tried. Tom has been in the route several times since 2014. He even glued a wedge to the T-shirt so he could place it faster. Even that did not help, the route resisted a free ascent.
Long wait is over
Barbara and Jacopo first cleared the Gondo Crack with the Bolts and put them on the following day. Both made the route in Trad style. Barbara quickly picked up a Cam in her mouth to place it faster.
The two spent last year about three days in the route until they could climb the individual trains. After two more days this year, it worked out with the commission: "I sent it first on the bolt and made the first ascent, and of course on the same day, a few tries later, so Jacopo sent it," says Barbara in an interview , If you are looking for a greenpoint ascent, then you are in the process of doing it. " Barbara continues. As a level of difficulty, the two suggest 8c.
Tom Randall on the Gondo Crack
What an accomplishment the two accomplished, you can feel in this epicTV show with Tom Randall from the year 2014.
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