Andreas Bindhammer Makes Second Ascent of Abyss


Andreas Bindhammer on Abyss, 5.14dPhoto courtesy of

Andreas Bindhammer Makes Second Ascent of Abyss

On October 26, Andreas Bindhammer made the second ascent of Abyss (5.14d) in Déversé (Gorges du Loup; Nice, France). The redpoint came after working the route for 16 days over six weeks (equating to over 50 attempts total) — that's perseverance! The 65-foot Abyss climbs a severely overhanging (45 degree to 70 degree) section of limestone "balls" and tufas for 40 moves without rest, with intense pinching and intricate footwork.

"With the two footholds I broke that are now missing, my feeling is that it's a really hard 9a (5.14d), I would say 9a/a+ (5.14d/15a)," says Bindhammer. "But, it's really hard for me to suggest, because I have never done a route with this resistant style. Both [5.14d routes] I did before are routes with a rest point in the middle. On the other hand I think that I'm really strong on pinch holds, and the route [Abyss] nearly consists only of pinch holds and felt really hard to me." Abyss is a natural route.

This is the third 5.14d for Bindhammer. His first 5.14d, a first ascent of Kinematix in Gorges du Loup, France, was climbed on October 6, 2001; the second, Ground Zero (5.14d) in Tetto di Sarre, Italy, on October 8, 2002.

Alex Chabot made the first ascent of Abyss on July 28, 2006.

Date of Ascent: October 26, 2006

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