Seven-pitch 5.14 in Switzerland

By Dougald MacDonald ,

Matthias Trottmann leading the crux second pitch of 6,4 Sekunden in Switzerland.Photo by Thomas Scheuner, courtesy of

Matthias Trottmann has completed the latest of Europe’s desperate multipitch free climbs: 6,4 Sekunden (“6.4 Seconds”), a seven-pitch 5.14a on Switzerland’s Fürenwand. The 31-year-old Swiss climber bolted the route last year and started working on the free climb in January, dodging icicles that fell from the 2,000-foot-high cliff band. Earlier this summer, Trottmann redpointed every pitch of the route in a day: 5.11, 5.13d/14a, 5.13c, 5.13b, 5.13b, 5.13a, 5.12b. Trottmann has finished as high as fourth in World Cup competitions.

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