Pirmin Birtle Climbs Appel au Sodom (5.14b)


Pirmin Bertle sending "appel au sodom", 8c in Roche/Switzerland from Pirmin Bertle on Vimeo.

Appel au Sodom (5.14b) is a 45-degree traverse in a 45-degree overhang on really outstanding limestone. Crimps and slopers mixed up with pockets and monster jugs. Two 5.12c sections with a moderate rest point in between (yes, it's better having a knee pad), followed by some potential drop out moves on the very top. It’s easier now, having a video, but the sequences are pretty tricky. First ascentionist Lionel Clerc did it without any hooking. Chapeau!

As one can easily see in the video, it’s really windy up there and this is no exception. Thus La Pierre de Folie, as the sector is called, is a spot with many days with perfect sending conditions.

Second ascent, fourth try this year, after some tries last summer. Knowing all the beta tricks, no big 5.14b.