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Freeing Big Routes in Wendenstöcke, Stone Garden | Infinite Jest, Ep. 2
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