Free This! 12-Pitch Mixed Wall in France

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Aiding toward spectacular ice about 800 feet off the deck. Batoux/Daudet Collection / Intotherocks.net

Aiding toward spectacular ice about 800 feet off the deck. Batoux/Daudet Collection / Intotherocks.net

News Link: French climbers Philippe Batoux and Lionel Daudet have completed a new 12-pitch mixed rock and ice route on an overhanging 1,000-foot wall at Freyssinière. Climbed as a wintertime big wall over five days, Le Flocon de Koch went at 6a A2 M5 WI5+, leaving a futuristic target for mixed free climbers.

The new climb weaves up the steeper wall to the right of Sous L’Oeil des Choucas (300m, WI7 M9), which got its first free ascent in January.

Click here to see a gallery of spectacular photos from the new line.

The 12-pitch line of Le Flocon de Koch (350m, 6a A2 M5 WI5+). Batoux/Daudet Collection / Intotherocks.net

The 12-pitch line of Le Flocon de Koch (350m, 6a A2 M5 WI5+). Batoux/Daudet Collection / Intotherocks.net

Dates of Ascent: February 11-15, 2009

Sources:Kairn.com, Intotherocks.net

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