Watch Fabian Buhl Rope Solo the First Ascent of Ganesha (5.14b, 7 Pitches)

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After 26-year old Fabian Buhl made the second ascent of Alexander Huber’s 7-pitch testpiece, Nirwana (8c+/5.14c), at Loferer Steinplatte, Austria, he was inspired to establish his own first ascent in the same style: a ground-up rope solo with the fewest bolts possible. He chose a 7-pitch line to the right of Nirwana and named the route Ganesha (8c/5.14b) after the elephant-headed Hindu god that is widely revered as the remover of obstacles and the god of new beginnings.