To start, we’ve got news of a new route in the Mont Blanc Massif – an area that we frequently hear is climbed out. Finding a new line in some obscure corner of the range is one thing but the route in question is on the northwest face of the Dent du Geant, in full view of the Aiguille du Midi cable car.
Sean McColl Attempts The World’s First 8C+, ‘Hubble’ in UK | EpicTV Climbing Daily, Ep.331
The face itself is relatively short, at less than 400m, but the approach is complicated and threatened by serac fall in several places. Taking the first cable car up from town, Christopher Baud, Brice Bouillanne and Jonathan Charlet were on the summit by 9pm and at the Torino Hut 90 minutes later after climbing a 200m approach slope and then 10 pitches up to M5+ in difficulty. They named the route “Couers de Geant”, the hearts of the giant, in honour of 3 friends who had been lost in the mountains over the past few years.
Next, we’ve got yet another inspiring video from the Mammut series, “Climbing the Classics”. We’re getting onto some seriously tough ground this time, with Canadian Sean McColl trying to repeat Ben Moon’s iconic route “Hubble” at Raven Tor in the English Peak District. The route was the World’s first 8c+ but many people feel that it could well be 9a, including none other than Adam Ondra, who hasn’t been able to do it despite several visits to have a go.
Either, it looks pretty tough to us, but does Sean do it? You’ll have to watch the full film to find out.
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