09 Dec Andreas Bindhammer
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Andreas Bindhammer does the first repeats of two 9a/9a+: the French testpiece PuntX (9a/9a+) and the Tyrolean Big Hammer (F9a).
After his two first ascents St. Anger (F9a) (Arco in Italy) and Hades (F9a) (Nassereith in Austria) Andreas Bindhammer visited the Coté d’ Azur in September to try Alexandre Chabot’s testpiece “PuntX”, first climbed by the French top-climber in summer 2007.The route is 20m high and 10m overhanging. But in September was too humid, Andreas came back in October and finally do it.
This is the first repetition of “PuntX”.
Back home, Andreas searched for a new challenge the unrepeated Big Hammer on the area Pinswang near Reutte/Tyrol.
The route consists in a 15m crack at the grade F7c+, followed by some hard moves that bring the grade to F8b, followed by the hardest part after 20m of climbing. The crux moves could be graded as 8a/8a+. Andreas Bindhammer sends the route, opened by his brother Christian in autumn 2005 and graded with F9a.
Here the video