These are the most difficult multi-pitch routes in the world

The Dawn Wall in Yosemite and Valhalla in Getu, China are currently the only multi-pitch routes in the ninth degree of French. There are also numerous other rock-hard big wall climbs. We have compiled a list of the most difficult multi-pitch routes in the world for you.

In the winter of 2014/15, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made climbing history when they completed the first free ascent of Dawn Wall in Yosemite Valley in 19 days. Since then, the line has been considered one of the most difficult multi-pitch routes in the world.

Four years later, after months of setting up and planning, Edu Marin succeeded in creating the longest overhanging roof route in the world with Valhalla. This mega line is also one of the heaviest of its kind.

The following compilation gives an overview of the most difficult multi-pitch routes in the world from grade 8b+. The list does not claim to be complete and is constantly being updated. Notes on lines missing from the list are welcome and can be communicated in the comments field. More information on the selection of the following routes can be found after the list.

Most difficult multi-pitch routes in the world | Status 25.05.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX

CityLengthroute nameareafirst ascentFirst redpoint ascent
9a +455mValhallaGetuEdu Marin, Francisco Marin & Alex Marin Edu Marin on 20.03.2019/XNUMX/XNUMX
9a180mWu WeiVal NuvolaAlessandro Zeni & Riccardo ScarianAlessandro Zeni on August 16, 2023
9a920mDawn WallYosemiteWarren Harding & Dean Caldwell 1970Tommy Caldwell & Kevin Jorgeson from 27.12.2014/14.01.2015/XNUMX – XNUMX/XNUMX/XNUMX
8c +XProject LlamaLaserz south wallDavid LamaLouis Gundolf
8c +200mRainbowMontserratArmand Ballart & German Folch 1979Edu Marin on 09.10.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX
8c +XAlreadyRätikonMichi Wyser & Andres Lietha on 12.09.1992/XNUMX/XNUMXFabian Buhl on November 27.11.2019, XNUMX with Andres Lietha
8c +XNirvanaLofer stone slabAlex Huber single-handedly in 2012Alex Huber & Michi Althammer on September 09.09.2012th, XNUMX
8c +220mRoctripDrasniceKlemen Bečan alone in 2014Klemen Becan in May 2018
8c +250mLurgorriNaranjo de BulnesIker Pou & Eneko Pou in early summer 2006Iker Pou & Eneko Pou on 13.08.2006/XNUMX/XNUMX
8c / +270mSauve Qui PleutFionnaySamuel Ometz with Michael Kimber, Fabian Borter, Katherine Choong, Andy Winterleitner and Werner LuneauSamuel Ometz 2021
8c / +XWay through Hedi's KaiserschmarrenGesauseMichi Kemeter single-handedly2018 first redpoint in 10 days with Stef Filzmoser, 2020 first 1-day redpoint with Chrisi Pichler
8c100mDon't slip and fall if you can jump and flyVerdonMichi Kemeter solo in 2014Michi Kemeter Solo on December 5.12.2017th, XNUMX
8c150mSolo per vecchi GuerrieriVette FeltrineMaurizio Manolo Zanolla and Federico Gorda in the summer of 2006Maurizio Manolo Zanolla in the summer of 2006
8c510morbayuPicos de EuropaIker Pou & Eneko Pou 2009
8cXWoguRätikonBeat Kammerlander on November 30.11.1996, XNUMXAdam Ondra on July 26.07.2008, XNUMX with Pietro dal Prà
8c600mrayuPicos de EuropaIker Pou, Eneko Pou & Kirco Cerda 2020Iker Pou, Eneko Pou & Kirco Cerda in September 2020
8c160mHosannaVerdonPatrice Glairon-RappazCédric Lachat on 22.10.2016/XNUMX/XNUMX
8c120mKampfzoneRätikonBeat Kammerlander 2012Beat Kammerlander on November 14.08.2017, XNUMX
8c350mspominPaklenicaSilvo Karo, Janez Jeglič & Franček Knez 1984Luka Kranjc 2017
8c220mSeventh DirectionRätikonAlex Luger in summer 2018 & 2019Alex Luger on 06.08.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX
8c280mordealSchartenspitze, Hochschwab regionMichi Kemeter, Stefan Lieb and Jo FriedlMichi Kemeter with Paul Kiefer 2017
8c175mGaneshaLofer stone slabFabian Buhl in autumn 2015Fabian Buhl alone in the summer of 2016
8c550mFlightLauterbrunnen ValleyRoger Schäli, Michel Pitalka, Markus Iff, Bernd Rathmyr, Mäx Grossman & Stephan Eder 2006-2009Alex Megos with Roger Schäli, Frank Kretschmann and David Hefti from June 4th to 8.06.2014th, XNUMX
8cXweatherbuckWetterbock wallAlex Huber single-handedly in September 2013Alex Huber on September 18.09.2014, XNUMX with Michael Althammer
8c150mZembrocalRéunionCaroline Ciavaldini, Sam Elias, Yuji Hirayama, Jacopo Larcher & James Pearson 2013
8c500mPanAromaWestern pinnacleGerhard Bauer, Walter Baur & Erich Rudolph 1968Alex Huber on 26.07.2007/XNUMX/XNUMX
8c700mMora MoraTsaranoro AtsimoFrancisco Blanco & Toti Vales 1999Adam Ondra 2010
8b + / cKiss of FireHundswand, HochschwabMichi Kemeter with Dominik Ganster in Feb 2022
8b + / c120mMentre mi HagillumMont RebeiIgnasi Miralpeix Llobet and Gil Furriols in Spring 2015Michi Kemeter with Rudy Cassan in February 2018
8b +500mNice viewWestern pinnacleAlex Huber alone in the winter of 2000Alex Huber on 18.07.2001/8/XNUMX, difficulty originally XNUMXc
8b +150mGolden ShowerVerdonStefan Glowacz and Christian Schlesener 2004Stefan Glowacz 2012
8b +400mNever ending StoryRätikonBeat Kammerlander 1990Beat Kammerlander on November 7.9.1991, XNUMX
8b +450mLev LevePico Cao GrandeIker Pou & Eneko Pou 2018Iker Pou & Eneko Pou 2018
8b +Xbread and gamesThumbnailPeter Gasser and Wolfgang Tonninger 2012 GroundupMichi Kemeter with Andi Spitaler in August 2019
8b +The Noble PalenessMichi KemeterMichi Kemeter with Mathias Tauchner in September 2018
8b +Styrian Edelweiss WoodpeckerMürztal AlpsMichi Kemeter with Nora Weidinger 2018
8b +500mZunbeltzPicu UrrielluIker Pou & Eneko Pou 11.10.2003
8b +870mThe noseYosemiteWarren Harding, Wayne Merry & George Whitmore 1958Lynne Hill 1993
8b +XDihedral WallYosemiteEd Cooper, Jim Baldwin & Glen Denny 1962Tommy Caldwell 2004
8b +880mMagic MushroomYosemiteHugh Burton & Steve Sutton 1972Tommy Caldwell & Justen Sjong in May 2012
8b +200mHistory without FinPetit Clocher du PortaletDidier Berthod & Francois Mathey 2001Seb Berthe & Siebe Vanhee in August 2021
8b +350mThe End of SilenceFire hornThomas huberThomas Huber 1994
8b +240mThe Emperor's New ClothesWilder KaiserStefan Glowacz 1994Stefan Glowacz 1994
8b +200mSilbergeierRätikonBeat and Conny Kammerlander 1993Beat Kammerlander 1993
8b +300mZahirWendenstöckeIwan Wolf and Gunter Habersatter 1996 to 2004Ivan Wolf and Gunter Habersatter 2006
8b +250mCarnet d'addressRocher du MidiYann Ghesquier in June 2010Yann Ghesquier in June 2010
8b +300mYeah manGastlosenFrancoise Studemann & Guy ScherrerJosune Bereziartu & Rikar Otegi 2004
8b +240mTarragoMontserratDavid Tarragó, Raul Ballesteros, Dani Fernandez, Xaver García & Toni Castelló 2002Iker Pou & Eneko Pou in November 2013

Selection and delimitation criteria

We have attempted to compile the most difficult multi-pitch routes in the world. Try because the difficulty of long climbs is often influenced by various factors, which makes it challenging per se to compare and rank individual routes.

We based our list of the most difficult multi-pitch routes in the world on the climbing difficulty. This in the knowledge that extreme high mountain routes in the Himalayas such as Eternal Flame (7c +) or very serious high alpine big wall routes such as Odyssey (8a +) in the Eiger north face are not listed, although they are only reserved for the world's best climbers .

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