What an effort: Sébastien Berthe wrestled with the toughest multi-pitch route in the world for 23 days. For 16 days he struggled with the 9a key rope length. He fell out six times in his attempts at the last crux. Now the Belgian has had enough and leaves the Dawn Wall – without a red point ascent, but with his head held high.
When it became known that the two Belgians Sébastien Berth and Siebe Vanhee were targeting the Dawn Wall, the rumor mill began to churn. Will they walk the route at record speed and maybe even devalue it? Two months later it became clear: The strong Belgians are having a hard time with the toughest multi-pitch route in the world and are taking a break.