Keyword: Patrick Gabarrou
Charles Dubouloz, Symon Welfringer and Clovis Pauline manage the first free ascent of the Directissime de la Pointe Walker (ED++, 7a, A2) in the notorious north face of the Grandes Jorasses. At the same time, it is the first winter ascent and the first repetition of the route from 1986.
Between February 27th and March 1st, the Italian alpinists Franz Cazzanelli, Emrik Favre and Francesco Ratti managed the first repetition and the first winter ascent of Padre Pio Prega Per Noi + Echelle Ver le Ciel (1.870m, 7b) in the south face of the Matterhorn.
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