New route for Alexander Huber

This last spring did the FA of Mauerläufer on Elefantenbauch

11 December 2018
Alex Huber shows one of his latest realizations, Mauerläufer, short and intense route on the impenetrable central pillar of the Elefantenbauch.

Spring 2018. On the eve of the departure for Pakistan in just a few months, the legend of modern climbing and mountaineering Alex Huber freed a new powerful and challenging route on the Elefantenbauch, a portion of the wall so smooth that it was almost impossible to climb. Here, however, the very strong German who will celebrate the 50th anniversary at the end of the month, has climbed Mauerläufer, a new route up to 8b + for 200 meters of development.

Mauerläufer is the German name for the Tychodroma muraria, a widespread bird specie presetns in Europe and Asia that accompanied Alex during the ascent. "Its unmistakable way of flapping its wings and swaying in the sky makes it truly a typical inhabitant of the Alps. Its red and gray color is as incredible as climbing on this wall. It is the first way on this wall and is right: apparently it is smooth and without grips. Instead I managed to find a really incredible line on the main pillar. "

From 9 grade climber in the 90s (just remember his legendary Om at the Berchtesgadener Alpen, ascended in 1992 and the second 9a in the world or Open Air at the Schleierwasserfalle in 1996, considered by some as the first 9a+ in history), Alex Huber then soon dedicated to magnificent ascents on the great walls of the world, such as the legendary Bellavista and Pan Aroma at the Tre Cime, Samsara and Feuertaufe on the Grand Capucin, Wetterbock still in the Alps and the incredible Nirwana passing by the magnificent first ascent of Latok II and the second absolute of Latok IV and many first even on El Capitan, such as the opening of FreeRider or the first free ascents of El Nino and Golden Gate.

Elefantenbauch, via Mauerläufer
(200m. 6c, 7a, 6c+, 8a+, 8b+, 6c)



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