The Swiss professional climber Roger Schäli manages the first free ascent of the difficult multi-pitch route Merci la Vie on the Eiger north face.
Opened almost a year ago Roger Schäli zusammen mit Nina Caprez and the Belgian Sean Villanueva a new difficult route on the Geneva pillar of the Eiger north face: Merci la Vie. The route is a 10-year project by Roger Schäli, which is to the left of the route Deep Blue Sea through the left central part of the Geneva Pillar.
In the summer of 2019, Nina Caprez and Sean Villanueva joined the Bernese to finish setting up the project. The three had to postpone a red point ascent to the 2020 season.
Roger Schäli is the first to free climb Merci la Vie
Originally, Roger Schäli wanted to do the red point ascent together Nina and Sean tackle. Nina was with us at the beginning of the season Cédric Lachat im Rätikon and Sean otherwise absorbed as well. So Roger began with other rope partners, including Anne-Gita Scheibler, Mario Heller and
Fred Thyler, first attempts on the route. To his surprise, he made rapid progress and was able to redpoint the route a few weeks ago.
Nina Caprez at the start next week
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Video: Climbing the route Merci La Vie on the Eiger north face
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Credits: Cover picture Severin Karrer / Mountainfeeling.ch