Hansjörg Auer's Terrifying Rappel

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What do you when you're soloing ice, you get off route, and you can no longer climb up or down? Bail, obviously. But what if you were only carrying a thin rope, one ice screw, your harness, and a belay device, and you needed your crampons and ice axes to finish the climb. Then the obvious answer is to cry and beg the gods for mercy. Hansjörg Auer found himself in just that situation while attempting to solo a winter route. Instead, he extricated himself with one of the most terrifying rappels we've seen, draping his thin cord over a tiny sliver of frozen rock. Watch the heinous rap, which he also filmed, above.