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After having climbed in Wendenstöcke, Switzerland, Tommy Caldwell wrote the following: "Yeah, sport climbing is the safe type of climbing... right. That is what I was telling myself as I looked down and saw my rope gently arcing towards my last bolt more than 40 feet away. I looked up... no more bolts in sight and no possible place for gear either. If I fall here I am looking at a 100-foot fall that will leave me hanging 40 feet below my belayer. But it's a free fall. I should be all right...maybe. ... Where else is it the norm to climb overhanging 5.12 rock 30 to 50 feet above your last point of protection? Huge falls are standard and every bolt you come across feels like a gift straight from God." Freeing Big Routes in Wendenstöcke, Stone Garden | Infinite Jest, Ep. 2

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Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest

4 episodes Latest 30th Dec 2013
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PORTAMI VIA, COELOPHYSIS and INFINITE JEST are the routes opened by Matteo Della Bordella and Fabio Palma from 2005 to 2011 The first one has been repeated only by Ueli Steck, Simon Anthamatten and Tommy Caldwell, all of them being strongly impressived by the challenging of the route. Coelophysis and Infinite Jest are among the wildest route of the Alps, with more than 600 meters of length and several challenging, hard and very severe pitch. These routes are much more than climbing routes, they are the prototype of the ideal combination between classic ( because sometime it's even hard to find the way to go) and modern ( because you need to climb difficult grades to reach the top). And these routes show all these factors in the magnificent environment of Wendenstocke, where there is the steepness of the Dolomites and the rock of Verdon.

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